Big Announcement!

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Big Announcement

This past week I got some wonderful news. I am the most recent addition to a short list of Presenters at the up and coming Mixed Martial Artist World Expo at the Jacob Javits Center, October 24 and 25th. The short list includes the likes of Olympic Medalist Howard Davis Jr., and Jimmy Pedro, as well as Shaolin, Marcos Santos, Marcelo Garcia, and Dr. Rhadi Ferguson. Check out the specifics at

I am incredibly excited to be a part of this event and can’t wait for it to come around. If you are a Martial Artist and live in the Tri-State area you must be in attendance! Show your support and come and join some of the best Grapplers on the planet.


I am back in school and things are looking up in my life. After one month of sobriety, things are looking up. I will be back in school within months. I am starting to get the itch to start practicing again, and I am not sure what lies ahead for my judo career or if it still has life left. I know it would be difficult to watch an Olympics Games after making it my life for so long. I don’t know if I am prepared for that emotionally.

I am also unsure if I can ever be satisfied with my judo career if it ends here. These thoughts keep circling in my mind. I realize that I have never really dealt with any of the issues that resulted from my Olympic run because I spent most of the past year intoxicated. I believe I am starting to get some perspective on things.

If you haven’t already, grab your copy of Beyond The Rings to take a look into what I sacrificed to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Whatever the case may be, I have still got some time to figure things out, and I will be taking full advantage of it.

What do you think I should do?

4 Responses to “Big Announcement!”

  1. Guy Semione says:

    taraje, Everything comes fullcircle,including you and me.I have been in a few of your classes in LI City.I am much older than you,46.I have been in the martial arts 28 years. I have been doing Judo about four years.I took a fall with Torazo about 9 months ago.My chest landed on top of his knee,nether one of us wanted to let go. I have not been the same since.I Have only trained a few times in 6 months.I do not have time on my side as you do.I will be up in N Bergen this weekend trying to get points for that black belt I want so badly.I already have one,but Judo is different.We all know that!!One day you will be where you want to be, because you want to be there bad enough. I hope that makes sense to you Sensei..

  2. Brian H. says:

    Taraje, go for the gold.

  3. BD says:

    Glad to hear about your new beginnings. Congrats on your 30 days!
    I think you should not drink today. …and do the same tomorrow.

    That’s all that matters right now.

  4. Kayla says:


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