Meet Antonio Tenorio. He’s a judoka from Brasil.
He’s the first person ever to win 4 Gold Medals in a row in Judo (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).
He’s looking to get a 5th one in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
And he’s blind.
Wow man. I just can’t imagine myself trying to compete in any sport blind, let alone a combat sport. True inspiration.
2012 London Paralympic Games
I’m very excited, blind Judo is great. Those Judoka really know how to feel their opponents out. Sensei always says that our eyes lie and on more than one occasion we’ve done eyes-closed randori. Being able to sense balance is a great advantage in grappling. I always roll with my eyes closed.
So since I fucked up my thumb I’ve had to use monkey grip almost exclusively with my right hand in BJJ and Judo. It’s good practice with different grips, but I just want my thumb to feel better. Still hurts pretty bad if I move it.
Kayla Harrison, USA’s first Olympic Judo champion.
She has a really inspiring story, truly an amazing woman and an amazing judoka.
I’m excited because the trip to Vegas is also going to be a 2-year anniversary trip for Maggie and I. With a stop at the Sports Center to (hopefully) kick some ass white belt style.
It’s also my first IBJJF event so that’s pretty cool.
Maggie’s anniversary gift to me. She’s the best!
Shoutouts to OSS Clothing, Meerkatsu, and the Miyao bros for an awesome shirt and awesome jiu-jitsu!