There’s nothing like catching someone’s arm in competition. Just ask Demetrious “Mighty Mouse.”

To be completely honest with you, the person who really inspired me to become a hunter of the armbar was Dave Camarillo.

In 1999, I traveled with Dave Camarillo to a competition in Korea. The competition was the Korean Open. I literally watched Dave Camarillo armbar a dude’s arm and have the referee call “matte.” This pissed Dave off.

He had dislocated the competitors arm but he did not want to tap. So, then Dave went to the mat with him in the next exchange and then armbarred his other arm.


We joked in the room after the tournament about how difficult it was going to be for that guy to wipe his a$$ later.  LOL!!!

I love the armbar.

I even learned a flying armbar version for big guys and one that can be done for the over 40 crowd.

Here’s a Little Known

Most people know me for my Morote Gari (double leg) takedown.  But I had more wins and finishes via armbars and chokes than I did Morote Gari.

I often hold Deliberate Practice Seminars on the armbar and will definitely have one more this year at my dojo.

If you are interested in attending, please email me at and let me know what month works better for you, November or December.

And remember, my Deliberate Practice Sessions are 8 to 10 hours.

Here Are Some Of
My Armbars From

The Secret To The
Juji Gatame Armbar

Whatever you do… don’t ever, ever, ever think that you are too good to train the basic armbar movements and drills.  Solidifying these movements and microdrilling the finishes are what will help you become a bona fide arm hunter. Ronda Rousey, didn’t get good via magic. She became magical via practice.


When I started my career as a judo coach, I was a great polisher. This is not at all abnormal for a world class athlete with good communication skills and the desire to coach. It’s usual for them to be thrown into the top end of the developmental cycle to coach and not into the grassroots coaching realm. I was no different. I could take somebody who already had the raw materials in place, who already had some sort of development, and shine them up and polish them; help them become a champion, help them become an Olympian, help them win worlds, help them win national championships, and I was able to do this because I was a great polisher.

But, when I became a grassroots level coach and started coaching with the Bahamas Judo Federation in 2009, coaching inside schools, putting together school programs, putting together dojo programs around the country, and doing the same thing for myself in Tampa, I had to learn how to become a manufacturer – and more so when I had my son and my daughter. I had to learn about total athletic development with respect to human development and early childhood education. I had to learn how to develop someone from the initial stages of nothingness and help them become something.

Now, granted, these are all things I knew in theory. The hard part about the grassroots coaching process is that while we are so focused on the students we still need someone to focus on us, and that’s my reason for producing this book. I know that as you continue to pour out into your students every day, you still need someone to pour into you, someone to encourage you, someone to help you grow, and someone to push you forward to higher levels of excellence.  I hope you will allow me to pour into you and to continue to share with you. If you are looking to grow and to know more, be more and do more but understand that you just need a good push, the right words at the right time, or a small piece of knowledge that you may be missing, then do yourself a favor and get your hands on my book  The Ultimate Judo Success Secret today.

Thank you so much for reading and following. I hope that you got a lot from today’s issuance.

Blessings from here to there,

Dr. Rhadi Ferguson

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