Every time I’ve had a tough period in my life, the one thing that’s always been there for me is judo and by extension grappling.
If you’re struggling and you can see in their face that it’s worse for them than it is for you, that definitely wakes you up and makes you try harder.
Nina Cutro-Kelly is a fifth-degree judo black belt and has won multiple international judo and sambo tournaments and she’s hoping and training to be on the 2020 Olympic U.S. judo team. In this episode, Nina talks about the role of judo in her life, from when it helped her focus her wild energy at age 7 to when it was a solid base of support when she had a year full of personal hardships and tragedies. She’s a thoughtful storyteller, and you’ll want to hear what she’s got to tell you. Visit her in San Antonio at Universal Judo.
My greatest moment in my greatest fight was a loss. . . . I lost to decision. I was bloody. I was bruised. . . . But I’d survived a moment that would have defeated me before. I realized that I’m not made of glass. That realization prepped me for a four-fight win streak
I wanted to be comfortable, and that’s a recipe for disaster. I started doing the things I didn’t like to do, and success started to come.
You don’t have to be the best in the room, but you have to be in the room.
On the walkout to the cage Terrified beyond belief and a strong sense of I belong.
Mike Segura is so nice that, after I interviewed him, I messaged the friend who connected us and said, “Holy crap, that guy is nice!” He’s also a talented martial artist, a great martial artist, and a reflective storyteller. This is a good one.
I go out of my way to make sure that people feel welcome and included, even down to our slogan: We are the Dark Clan.
I just never found the thing. When I found the thing, I thought, oh, this is beautiful. So why wouldn’t I want other people to have that in their life?