Workouts for Judo Frequently asked questions

Who is Matt D'Aquino?

"Matt is 26 years old and is passionate about all forms of grappling. He has been studying Judo for 20 years and has represented Australia at 8 Continental Championships, 4 World Championships and competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Matt has also competed in multiple World Cups, Grand Slams and Grand Prixs all over the world. He has trained in some of the hardest dojos in the world, including Yong Inn University in Korea, Tokai University in Japan, INCEP in France, Pollymunka in the Czech Republic and Sankaku Club in Slovenia.

Matts best results include being the first and only Australian Male to win the Pac Rim Championships in 2009, Multiple Australian & Oceania champion, World Cup Champion and 17th at the 2010 World Championships in Tokyo.

Matt is a bit of an all-round grappler. He also competes in Freestyle Wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu competitions in and around Australia. His best results include: 1st No-Gi Purple-belt Submission Grappling National championship -67kg, 1st Royler Gracie Cup Purple belt 2009 -74kg and 2nd at the National Freestyle Wrestling Championships in the -60kg division.

Matt's Philosophy: Matt is passionate about teaching and passing on his knowledge and experience to others. His philosophy is simply "If I haven't done it, I won't teach it." This is a crucial element to Matts teaching. It means that everything he teaches, he is familiar with and has a deep understanding of how to complete each exercise, workout or grappling technique.

The reason why Matt has been so successful in his Judo career is due to the fact that he has significantly better fitness and conditioning than his opponents. Matt puts this down to the physically demanding workouts he put himself through week in, week out. Matt trains using a variety of bodyweight exercises as well as barbells, kettlebells, tyres, rowers, dumbbells, ropes, bands and medicine balls in order to be as physically prepared for each competition that he enters. "

How can Matt help me?

If you have ever searched anything about Judo on the internet you are bound to see Matts name pop up somewhere. Usually it's his constanty updated blog or his YouYube channel (With over 200 videos). Matt has helped literally thousands of people simply become better Judo players.

Matt has helped people not only learn how to perform proper Judo technqiue but also how to train properly and effectively for Judo. Using the knowledge he has gained through being on the internatonal Judo scene he has put together a workout regime that will dramatically improve your Judo.

What is so good about Workouts for Judo>

Matt wrote Workouts for Judo because he loves educating people. Matt has a passion for teaching people how he trains, what he does and the workouts he has completed in order to achieve maximum results for training and Judo competition. Matt studied and obtained a Certificate 4 in Fitness and has been working in the Australian fitness industry for 8 years. During this time Matt noticed that many Judokas’ don’t know how to train for Judo. He saw many Judo players completing bodybuilding programs for strength or running long distances as part of their cardio training.

In order to attain the best results you must train specifically for your sport.

An example of this is Olympic and World Champion 100 metre sprinter Usain Bolt. Bolt would never run any further than 500 metres in training. Therefore, when he competes he runs 100 metres, running too much further than this distance in training would not benefit him in competition; in fact, it would actually be detrimental to his conditioning.

If we take this approach and apply it to Judo, we can see how running for one hour will not be as beneficial as 3-5 rounds of an intense Judo specific workout.

Judoka need:

  • High anaerobic threshold
  • High aerobic Fitness
  • Upper body speed, strength and power
  • Lower body speed, strength and power
  • Core Strength
  • Rotational Strength
  • Back and Hip power
  • Agility
  • Co-ordination
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Joint stability
  • Concentration
  • Workouts for Judo target all of these areas!

Is this the real deal? Does Matt really do these workouts??

Visit the Videos section to see Matt doing a few of the Workouts contained in Workouts for Judo.

Who is Workouts for Judo for?

Workouts for Judo is for anyone looking to lose weight, get in shape, strengthen their body, raise their conditioning, gain an edge on their competition, and anyone else that loves a good hard workout.

Can anyone of any ability level benefit from these workouts?

The answer is absolutely! These workouts are Judo specific - not ability specific. Whether you have been doing Judo for 10 days or 10 years these workouts are going to not only improve your Judo, but also get you fitter, faster and stronger - regardless of age or ability levels. We do recommend however, that you check with your doctor and have a full physical examination prior to starting a new exercise regimen.

I am short of time - how long is a session?

There is no need to spend hours in the gym. Each session is around 40-60 minutes long (that includes your warm up and cool down)

Will I be fit enough? I'm not an elite athlete

These workouts are designed for beginner, intermediate or advanced Judokas. The timed training rounds allow you to follow at whatever pace you like, whether you are an elite or recereational Judoka.

Am I too old for these workouts?

NO! People of any age and fitness level cleared by their doctor can do these workouts. It's never too late to start a Judo specific training program.

When is the best time to work out?

There is no best time to workout. A person that trains in the afternoon should get the same results as someone who trains in the morning. The two most important considerations for determining your workout time are that:

a) You are able to train with a high intensity

b) You are able to train consistently (as consistency is the key to success)

I have a few injuries, can I alter a few of the exercises?

Yes definitely! The Workouts and exercises contained in Workouts for Judo are the perfect structure needed to train specifically for Judo. YES! It is ok to mix up and integrate a few exercises AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT CHANGE THE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE WORKOUTS.

The structure of these workouts is what makes them so Judo specific.

I don't have a gym membership, can I still do these workouts?

Workouts for Judo can be done at home with a simple home gym set-up that includes dumbbells, a bench, a skipping rope, a bike, treadmill or rower and a medicine ball. A barbell can also be used for many exercises in place of dumbbells.

You do not need fancy machines or expensive gym memberships to succeed on the Workouts for Judo training regime.

What are the video demos all about?

For your convenience Workouts for Judo contains step-by-step photos of each and every exercise as well as an in depth instruction on how to perform the exercise correctly. Matt has also filmed and recorded each exercise for you as a direct video download so you know how to perform each exercise safely and correctly

Is Advanced Workouts for Judo a free eBook and what is in it?

Yes Advanced Workouts for Judo is a FREE eBook if you purchase Workouts for Judo. Advanced Workouts for Judo contains harder exercises and workouts that will push you and your body to the absolute limit! These workouts will increase your core strength, core stability, power and mental toughness whether you like it or not.

This is a manual for those Judoka who want to push their opponents so hard that their opponents simply give in and quit mid way through the fight. These workouts will challenge you physically and mentally but will physically prepare you for any grading, competition or training session.

Is Workouts for Judo a hard copy?

Workouts for Judo is NOT a hard copy but is available as an e-book. An e-book is a PDF file that is available for immediate download after your purchase. You will receive download instructions for the Workouts for Judo e-book, as well as the bonus video download. You will be able to download them and print them within minutes of ordering.

Having immediate access to these files is great because it saves you money on postage and you also get immediate access (opposed to waiting 2 weeks for the mail). If you want to start your Judo specific workouts within the next hour, you can do so simply by ordering your e-book and downloading the information. In addition, it is much easier to provide customers with updates to their e-book. We will alert you when new bonuses or workouts are available.


Matt D'Aquino

Author: Workouts for Judo

2008 Beijing Olympian

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