Tampa Florida Judo and Mixed Martial Arts
141 Stevens Ave Ste #6, Oldsmar, FL 34677, United States

Review №1

What an honor it is to be part of Dr Ferguson’s Judo class. While looking for an extra curricular activity for my now 5 year old ( she started at 3) we landed the perfect place for her to not only learn Judo but gain confidence, character building and most importantly; how to fail and get back up! Dr Ferguson does not take it easy with the lessons he instills great discipline in everyone of those kids/adults. Individually and collectively he assures that you go in and give 110%. Love and appreciate the family dynamic.

Review №2

I flew my two sons (7&9) down from Dallas, TX to train BJJ with Dr. Ferguson. I quickly realized the difference between passive martial arts and ELITE training. That weekend, my children not only became better martial artists but more importantly, better human beings. In my mind, this place represents the true essence of Martial Arts. Hard work, discipline, and focus without all the coddling!

Review №3

I have been training with Sensei Rhadi for over 15 years now. The instruction level on the mat is Olympic level. But, more importantly for me, is the instruction level off the mat. The experience here changed my life and my kids lives forever. Learning how to apply what you learn on the mat to the academic classroom is incredibly important and it is here that Sensei Rhadi has expertise like no other. Learning how to act like a professional both on and off the mat is huge to me and this is where this place excels. I cant be thankful enough for what Sensei Rhadi has done for my family and I.

Review №4

My 6 year old daughter and I both go to Tampa Florida Judo. Dr Ferguson is an amazing instructor, coach and person. He truly cares about every individual and family that steps in the dojo. You will not only learn about judo and bjj but also great life lessons as he is an educator in more ways than one. The dojo is a wonderful, positive family like environment and I highly recommend!

Review №5

Dr. Ferguson and his family have been a part of our lives for years now. I still remember my children’s first day of Judo. They were so proud and excited. Even though they are a bit older now, they look back at Judo as a great experience. They love Dr. Ferguson, his children and even his parents and consider them family. I am grateful that my children were able to experience the discipline and dedication of an Olympic Athlete of Rhadi’s caliber. He has taught them about the sport as well as about life and learning to recognize opportunities and go for their dreams.

Review №6

Wow, what can I say? I have been with Dr. Ferguson since I was about 5 years old, and it has truly changed my life for the better. Before my family and I started training here we knew nothing about how to train. Now, my brother, sister, and I are all national champions. We all also make straight As in school, and my brother is now off at college after making a 34 on the ACT and getting accepted into medical school early. I would say this place and its teachings have greatly influenced my family and I. The discipline and focus you learn helps not only in judo but in life. So, if youre looking for not only a game changer in judo and martial arts but a life changer, this is the place to be.

Review №7

Dr. Ferguson is the best Judo trainer and coach in the nation. His knowledge and expertise in coaching, training and the development of character makes him a good fit for children needing to learn self-defense and self - control as well as others looking to master martial arts or any combat sport for that matter. The Dojo is sanitary and safe. I would highly recommend Tampa Florida Judo for the one thing you can’t get anywhere else - 2004 Olympian, 4x National Judo Champions , Bruce Lee Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Rhadi Ferguson!His kids are there too and that makes it even better!

Review №8

I can’t say enough about Tampa Florida Judo. From the moment I walked into the dojo I felt like I was home. Dr. Ferguson is one of the best teachers (in life and in martial arts) that I have ever experienced.Blessed to a part of this wonderful community.

Review №9

I am so blessed to have found Tampa Florida Judo! I learn something new each session & cannot begin to explain the confidence I am building. Dr. Ferguson challenges me and pushes me out of my predispositions regarding my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis & I am getting stronger and healthier for it! Thank you so much Dr. Ferguson, thank you!

Review №10

My husband absolutely loves training with Dr. Rhadi Ferguson! He comes home after every session and is so excited to tell me what he has learned from Dr. Ferguson! My daughter and I dropped in on a class and loved the environment. He is definitely a master at his craft.

Review №11

Ive been under Dr. Ferguson for over 11 years now.During my first two years of Judo, I had never won a gold medal in a Judo tournament.After meeting Dr. Ferguson, that quickly changed. I gave Dr. Ferguson my first gold medal in a Judo tournament and he still has it to this day.Moreover, Dr. Ferguson has taught me skills of how to be a black belt not only on the mat, but a black belt off the mat as well.Using the skills that Dr. Ferguson has taught me for the past 11 years, I have been able to achieve a 34 on the ACT, a full ride scholarship to the University of South Alabama, and early acceptance into Medical School.If have a kid with a bad attitude, that is getting trouble in school, or is getting bullied, this is the place to go.If you want to teach your kid skills that they will use for the rest of their life, this is the place to go.However, if you are a whiner or complainer, this is not the place for you.I GUARANTEE that if you train with Dr. Ferguson, you will become a better Judo or Jiu-Jitsu athlete AND a better person.

Review №12

I stopped in to train when I was in town for business, and my take away was, Dr.Ferguson is legit. Ive been grappling for over 10 years, and have been to a lot of gyms over that time. While most schools are generally welcoming and will let outsiders drop in, he is a cut above the rest. Dr.Ferguson took the time to work with me, and answer any questions I had. Come prepared to work, this isnt some board breaking dojo. He puts in the work and will expect nothing less of his students. He has degrees in motor behavior development, and education and it shows in his coaching style. It rare to find such a high caliber practitioner that has an equally high caliber in teaching. If you or your kid want to improve, he will get you to where you want to be if youre willing to put in the work.

Review №13

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to learn from and train with a Judo Olympian, D1 Wrestler, Professional MMA Fighter, and ADCC veteran amongst many other accolades. Dr. Ferguson is truly one of a kind and the moldwas broken after him. From knowing the art and science of grappling to incorporating PhD level methods of instruction to his comprehensive grappling curriculum, Dr. Ferguson is a true coach that can cater to the needs of ALL his students. I have been training with him for several years and am forever grateful to have him as a coach, mentor and friend.

Review №14

Dr Rhadi is an excellent coach with a lot of experience. He has taken the time to dissect techniques to ensure it works. If it doesn’t work he does not teach it. Taught my two boys to perform techniques I didn’t think they would learn so well. They ended up becoming the Carifta Champs (gold and bronze medals).

Review №15

Professor Rhadi is the primary architect of the modern Bahamas Judo Federation. He consults with several of our elite athletes and has had a hand in creating multiple champions at all levels up to a PanAmerican Continental medalist and Youth Olympic Game participant. He has effectively trained and coached athletes at the World Championship. His training is unorthodox but highly effective so I recommend him highly.

Review №16

Dr. Rhadi is such a knowledgeable great role model for both adults and children. The facility is very clean and well kept. All covid measures are being taken. If you want to learn great life skills and technique then this is the place to go. In this day and age it is great for you our black youth to see such a well accoplished black man such as dr Rhadi. When you walk into this gym he makes you feel at home. Nothing but love for this man and his gym.

Review №17

I am an online student of Dr Ferg, training for both Judo (my main martial arts activity) and BJJ. He is not an ordinary coach - hes proven (an Olympian for starters!), hes an educator, and hes demanding - exactly what you want in a coach. His technical coaching is precise, his demands for work ethic ever present, his structure of delivery well thought through, and if you put in the reps and do the work, the results are as expected - excellent! For example, Ive drilled various armbars nearly 2,000 times in the past two months in line with Dr Fergs program, and I can tell you now that my ability and speed in executing them now is 1000% better after two months than it was after 2 years of practicing Judo and BJJ 5x a week. Im on the other side of the planet to Tampa Florida Judo but I would not hesitate for a second to train there with my children if I was close enough. Dr Ferg is a truly exemplary human being and coach - you will not regret training with him and his crew.

Review №18

Thank you Dr. Ferguson for the opportunity to learn from you in person and online. Your seminars are amazing and worth the drive from the east coast of Florida. I would also like to thank you for imparting your knowledge and life experience to my son. The teaching and mentoring you have given and continue to give him is evident when he and I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and discuss lifes adventures during his visits. Blessings to you and your family. Oss!!!

Review №19

It has been a honor for me to train with Mr. Rhadi.From the moment I met him, I was impressed with his knowledge about the sport, and his coaching style. He knows what he’s teaching and he will prepare you (or your kids), not only to have a well developed judo/ Jiu Jitsu game, but also to develop mental skills to be better prepared for competitions and life.

Review №20

This place has simply changed my life. I know that sentiment is said about many places in jest, but the course of my life changed when I entered the dojo. When I first met Dr. Ferguson, I was a whopping 330 pounds. Being invited by a friend to check out the dojo, I wasnt sure what to expect of the place. Being completely unfamiliar with martial arts, I came in completely open minded as to what the place was, and what it had to offer. The first word that came to my head when i sat in the dojo that night was culture. And it was a culture I needed. I needed family. I needed support. I needed a coach. I needed everything that this place has to offer. Its hard to put into words what Dr. Ferguson has done for me. For starters he gave me a new passion and love for Judo, but he also gave purpose to change so many other things in my life. As I type this today, I am 237 pounds. 93 pounds loss. Yes, the number in itself is impressive, but if you met me then and if you met me now, my outlook on life has changed completely because of Dr. Ferguson. New direction, new purpose has come as a result from training at Tampa Florida Judo. And its a place that i cherish. I would like to thank Dr. Ferguson for the coaching and the continued love and support he gives me and all of his students. And I hope its something that everyone in the Oldsmar, Tampa area gets to experience. Thank you Dr Ferguson!

Review №21

So let me first say, my experience was limited to about 15 minutes. I sought out this place because I wanted to learn the art of Judo (obviously). When I arrived, there was a childrens class going on. I stood off to the side until the owner broke away from his students. We talked for a few minutes and I had mentioned I found you through your website. Everything I saw about you made you look pretty legit. To which he replied, I am legit. Not that self confidence is a horrible thing, just not the behavior I expected from someone with that background.He had to get back to his class so he told me to give him my number, and he would call me later. He wrote my number on his board and away I went. Not only did he never give call me, but I got a call over a month later from a guy saying he saw the number on the board on a video, and figured it was the number to the gym. So that tells me he had to have seen the number multiple times, and just never bothered. Frustrating because I sought who I believed was the best Judo instructor in Tampa, and that was how the situation was handled.

Review №22

If you’re seeking a martial arts dojo that teaches/coaches judo and jiu-Jitsu using proven curriculum for both recreational players and elite competitors, look no farther. Tampa Florida Judo & Jiu-Jitsu is a unique place. Enjoy being trained by one of the most markedly accomplished and diverse martial artists on the planet in the person of Dr Rhadi Ferguson. Dr Ferguson is personally involved daily with everyone who enters the dojo and is unrelentingly dedicated to empowering students/clients through judo and jiu-jitsu.

Review №23

Tampa Florida Judo is home to one of the TOP/BEST Judo instructors in the country that is Dr. Rhadi Ferguson. I first heard heard about Dr. Ferguson through my BJJ instructor Rob Kahn (Royce Gracie Black Belt) and he strongly encouraged me to learn under him.Dr. Ferguson has an incredible understanding of Judo both on the technical and mental side. While his teaching style may seem unconventional at first; it is second to none as he knows exactly what it takes to be a world-class, professional Judo/BJJ athlete. He understands aspects of Judo that many other coaches don’t, even at the international level. Essentially - The years I spent learning under him was when the lightbulb turned on in my head for Judo.While training under Dr. Ferguson; I finished a silver medalist at the 2016 Collegiate National Judo Championships and a bronze medalist at the 2016 US Open Judo Championships.Needless to say, if you are looking for a dojo to learn authentic and high-level Judo, become a well-rounded martial artist, or simply learn to defend yourself and stay/get in shape - this is your one-stop shop.David Cainas2nd Degree Judo Black BeltBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt4x National Judo Medalist

Review №24

This is not a place for complainers and bad attitude. This is a place of hard work and respect. Been coming here for a month and i love it. Also, if you have misbehaving kids at home, trust me, your kids will not come out of this place the same lol.

Review №25

Dr.Ferguson has changed how my kids see act and had helped me become a better daughter. This is more than judo or Jiu-Jitsu. Hes teaching life skills.

Review №26

Great place to work for something, and learn martial arts, with a little life skills on the side. #SoulTrain #GodIsGood

Review №27

Wow, the level of instruction at this gym is high as ever, looking at the credentials of the head instructor, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, and you’ll see why. Great coaching in detail of moves and ability of Dr. Ferguson to communicate is among the best I’ve seen.The students there are great too, especially the kids. I was very impressed with them. Their toughness, coachability, technique, strength, and so much more. Dr. Ferguson has created some genuine mat monsters.Something I found very unique is he is bilingual, I haven’t seen that stated anywhere. He’d coach some students in English, switch to Spanish for other students, and back to English for others. All without skipping a beat.Over all a great place if you’re into Judo or Jiu Jitsu. You can’t go wrong training at this gym!

Review №28

My name is Elijah Fletcher. I am the co-founder and operator of American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Summerville, South Carolina.Dr. Rhadi Ferguson came to our Dojo for a seminar in March of 2018. 100 students attended and the reviews were absolutely off the charts. Many of my students said he was the most technical instructor they have ever met. I cannot disagree. While most seminars are focused on a set of techniques, like throws, submissions, pinning combinations etc… His seminar was based on a single concept. Gripping. We spent 5 hours learning the basics of 4 gripping combinations. These combinations were so well designed they left you in the best position to throw without being thrown. That is huge in Judo and often overlooked. 90% of our club consists of recreational Judo and Jiu-Jitsu players. Every student got plenty of attention and had their questions and concerns addressed. The ability of Dr. Ferguson to relate his information in a systematic format made it easy to understand concepts that most of us didn’t even know were part of the game. Dr. Ferguson will open your eyes to a deeper level of Judo and BJJ training. He introduced meaningful drills we will use for generations to come at American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy. His charisma and ability set him apart from other clinicians and until you call him, set up a seminar, and see for yourself…. you cannot know how much you just don’t know. We are lucky to have a world class Judo and BJJ instructor that is so willing to share his wisdom with this generation. His seminar was so amazing that we booked his return as soon as possible. Judo and BJJ are life-long pursuits but the short cuts to success are training with the best and training regularly. I hope you can see what we have seen and that your students aren’t left behind. Don’t miss out, call him today and start your journey towards excellence in Judo and BJJ.

Review №29

We found Dr. Ferguson through word of mouth.

Review №30

No frills, no AC, no WIFI, no false sense of unearned accomplishment....just unbelievably intense, intelligent training that will that will take you to the next level, no matter what level you currently are, beginner or professional fighter.For parents, this is not for the MMA moms that shouldve been soccer moms that I see a lot of down here in Florida. This is not for anyone who needs a belt and/or stripe promotion every other month to justify their efforts in the martial arts.Dr. Rhadi Ferguson will let you know his school isnt for everyone, so dont be surprised if it isnt. If it is though, then you will be much better for it.

Review №31

This place is simply amazing.

Review №32

Very nice

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  • Address:141 Stevens Ave Ste #6, Oldsmar, FL 34677, United States
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  • Monday:5:30AM–8:30PM
  • Tuesday:5:30AM–8:30PM
  • Wednesday:Closed
  • Thursday:Closed
  • Friday:5:30–8:30PM
  • Saturday:5:30–8:30PM
  • Sunday:5:30AM–8:30PM
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
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