There’s often difficulty in telling when legends are born, especially when she is the sexy new girl on the grappling block, but Lara from the Czech Republic absolutely has the potential. article, alphacatz photo article, alphacatz photo

Every match we see her in, she competes hard right up until the end, has a mature temperament and doesn’t get rattled and is skilled in Judo.

When you can take on a super star like Antscha and push her to the limit, you know that you have arrived. Here is the match description from the producers at Femwrestle. article, photo article, photo

“This is the first match of the May 2016 Event and without knowing it before hand, it will be one of the hardest matches. I’ve known Antscha for 10 years but I never saw her in more trouble.

Lara, a dream girl from the Czech Republic and brand new in this scene, her power is unbelievable and no one knows of her 10 years judo experience. This fight is an absolute must have…….”

Well, at Femcompetitor Magazine, we agree.

That was the super tough one but when Lara met Riona from Germany, her Judo skills were very evident. article, photo article, photo

Have you met Lara? You should. With her superior Judo skills, she might become a legend.

The beautiful Czech Princess speaks at Alpha Catz, “I’ve always been a tomboy, often being the only girl in most fighting sports I’ve participated in, and I loved the fact I typically progressed in it faster than most boys. From first looking down on me, through slowly proving myself to ’em, all the way to ’em learning to respect my physical and mental abilities and the fact I could often beat ’em at their own game, I’ve never stopped being passionate about all forms of physical combat.”

Lara certainly can inspire. True?

“The style I have in judo is very unique… One big advantage a judo player has is they have very good posture and – like, wrestlers, they show when they’re about to do a take-down… which judo players don’t, and so I kind of incorporate the boxing style with a judo grip and finishing that way.”… Ronda Rousey

If you are a female athlete have you ever thought about Judo for fitness?

Judo’s history of being an exceptional martial arts self-defense and also enhance your fitness program as well.

We have an expert kind enough to share some powerful thoughts for your benefit. Please enjoy.

I Just Started Judo and I Need Help! Tips to Improve Your Judo

By Matt D’Aquino 

There are a number if things a beginner can do at judo that will assist in increasing your skill an overall understanding of judo. Judo is a very difficult art and that is why the more you understand judo the easier it is. Here are a few key concepts that will help improve your judo.

Opposite color gi

Nothing annoys me more than a judo player wearing an odd colored gi. For example a white jacket with blue pants or vice versa. I must admit I have done this in the past but I soon realized that how you wear you gi, shows how you respect yourself, your dojo and your sensei. It also is a good example of how organized you are and obviously disorganized if you cannot find a gi top and gi pants the same color. As well as a gi the same color I encourage you to purchase a proper fitting gi. You will not only feel good in it, you will look good too.

Learn how to do your belt up

Learning how to tie your belt will only take a maximum of ten minutes out of your day. Most judo books and YouTube have a section on how to wear your gi and tie your belt so I encourage you to spend. Short while mastering how to tie your belt.

Be co-operative

As a partner try to be as co-operative as possible. Being stiff as a board will only result in being throw extremely hard and having a group of people who do not want to work with you. So relax and take the time to learn how to be a good partner. If you do not know how ask your sensei how you should react when your partner is performing technique.

Learn proper ukemi

Learning how to real fall is critical for a beginner. If you cannot break fall you will find that you will be scared of getting thrown. This will result in being stiff and defensive when your opponent throws you. Each and every injury I have ever seen at judo was because the person was resisting a throw. If you go with a throw and perform a break fall you will increase your chance of not getting injured.

Get there early and leave late

Getting to training early and leaving late is one of the best habits you can do. The more you hang around at judo the better you will become, it’s that simple.

Have a journal

Write down everything you did at training and carry the journal everywhere you go. If you are bored at school or work the open up your journal and have a read over a few sessions you did a few months ago. This will really help you grasp the concepts of judo a lot quicker.

Don’t look at the feet

Looking at your opponent’s feet is common in nearly every beginner judo class. The whole principle of judo is to feel what your opponent is doing, not watch. I tell all my students to look at your partner’s chest. By looking at their chest you can see both of their arms as well as keeping your head up and back straight which is crucial to all throwing techniques.

Try to feel rather than muscle

Technique, technique, technique. Try to use as much technique as possible. Use little strength each and every time you perform uchikomi or compete in randori. The more you concentrate on technique the quicker you will improve your judo skills.

Have fun

In the end you must have fun at judo training. Judo is a fantastic sport and an awesome martial art. Have fun at each and every session. Don’t be so hard on yourself and remember that somewhere around the weld there is someone a little bit better than you. Setting daily, short and long-term goals is the best way to continually have fun at judo.

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Author: Matt D’Aquino

Matt is the founder of Beyond Grappling fitness and conditioning. He is a 2008 Beijing Judo Olympian as well as nationally ranked freestyle wrestler and National Champion in Brazilian Jujitsu. Matt has a passion for teaching all aspects of grappling especially the fitness and conditioning aspect. Recently he has been traveling the world aiming to qualify for his second Olympic Games.

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