Open Weight Judo World Championships – Day 2

Yesterday was a fantastic event and proved us that it’s not always the athletes coming from +100kg winning the Open weight events. Toma Nikiforov, from -100kg, fought his way through to the finals winning every fight on his way by ippon. In the final he was defeated by the legend Teddy Rinner. The players Toma defeated were in average 20kg heavier than him, which proves that techniques and tactics can overcome power and weight. There was a clear difference in fighting styles and pace between the +100kg fighters and the -100kg fighters. Players of -100kg are moving and jumping a […]

Open weight Judo World Championships – Analysis of weigh-in

The Judo World Championship Open weight is a standalone competition, where anybody form any weight category can compete. In theory athletes of -60kg would be allowed to compete against the giants of +100kg, but practically the lightest athlete came from -90kg weight division. Surprisingly enough, even though there is no weight limit, the athletes had to get their weight checked. The IJF has published the list of weights and it can give an interesting insights of how competitions would look if athletes didn’t cut weight. I believe that the competitors who had time to prepare, focused on getting their body […]

Fighting food cravings

Food cravings are dieters worst enemy. All day you followed your diet up to the letter and in the evening it goes wrong. Hunger is the main cause of food cravings, but there are other elements that can make it worse. Because prevention is better than cure this article suggests ways to prevent these cravings.   #1: Eat at regular time intervals The signal of hunger is sent to the brain when the blood sugar drops under a certain level. The longer you wait before you eat, the harder your body will scream for food. By eating at regular time […]

6 Mistakes Athletes Who Lost Weight Make After Weigh-in

Written by Amelie Rosseneu for Judoinside Congratulations you made weight! What’s next? A big celebration meal? Probably not the best idea. Passing a weigh-in is only the beginning – you still need to conquer that gold medal. So how do you prepare your body for the competition? The theory is that you need to try to make up for your deficiencies. If you had to cut weight before the weigh-in you probably are lacking some liquid, carbohydrates and maybe electrolytes (salts). Just as in weight cutting, there are some common mistakes that it is best to avoid.   Mistake #1: […]

Fasting for weight loss

A few days “Yom Kipur” was observed. It is a day when Jewish people traditionally fast and refrain from working, driving, and using electronic devices. Almost everyone in Israel respects this day- during Yom Kipur you can take a walk on the high way and not see any car driving. I’m not Jewish but since I live in Israel and I’m not really an athlete anymore, I decided to join the tradition and didn’t eat or drink for 26 hours. During this period I did nothing but resting and lost over a kilo. It was the first time ever I […]

5 common mistakes when cutting weight

Written by Amelie Rosseneu for JudoCrazy The World Championships is coming up, and soon we’ll start seeing athletes dieting and running around in sweat suits. According to a large scale research involving over 800 judo players from all levels, 82% percent of the athletes are engaged in regular weight loss practices. Most of them lose 2 to 5% of their bodyweight, 40% is losing between 5 to 10% and some go even further than that and lose more than 10%. Losing weight in judo is so common it almost feels like it’s a part of the sport. Although many fighters […]

A few words about McGregor’s weight cut for the fight with Mayweather

This weekend it finally happens, the fight everyone is speaking about for months now. Conor McGregor will take one Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about McGregor is a UFC fighter and current Lightweight Champion (146-155lb or 66-70kg) who never competed professional boxing before. The 29 years old Irish athlete challenged the unbeaten 40 years old boxing legend Mayweather to a duel. Mayweather has 49 wins under his belt and never lost a fight in his whole career. The fighters will have to be 154lb or 70kg at the time of weigh-in […]