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5th Degree Black Belt
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson is a 2004 Olympian, an author, speaker, former mixed martial arts professional fighter and an award winning judo coach. He is professionally called “The Intellectual Warrior” due to his academic approach as a strategist and tactician. He further staples down this moniker by having served as an Adjunct Professor in the sports science departments of the University of Central Florida and the University of Tampa. He also served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and currently is an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning.
Dr. Ferguson has been featured on major networks such as NBC, Wall Street Journal, ESPN and in print media such as UFC Fit Magazine, Ultimate Grappling Magazine and he is a writer for the professional blog ProMMANow.com which is syndicated by the USA Today. Dr. Ferguson has also been published in peer reviewed journals and his motivational speaking and coaching advice can be easily found on his internet show “Coffee With Rhadi” which is a spinoff from his book “Coffee with Rhadi: Herculean Conversations with an Olympian (and some other things that you think about from time to time…)” which can be found with the rest of his publications on www.Amazon.com
In 2013 Dr. Ferguson was selected as 1 of the top 100 Mixed Martial Arts trainers in the world by UFC Fit Magazine. In 2006 he was awarded the USA Judo Coach of the Year Award and that same year he was nominated for the top sports science award issued by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the Doc Councilman Award. Dr. Ferguson also served as the Athlete Advisory Council representative for USA Judo and the USOC.
Dr. Ferguson has also served as the Head Coach for the Bahamas Judo Federation where he has coached at the World Judo Championships, the Cadet World Championships and had the privilege of developing the first Olympian in the sport of Judo in the Bahamas during his time as Head Coach. In 2017 Dr. Ferguson still serves as an advisor to the President of the Bahamas Judo Federation and in 2017 he was inducted into the Bahamas Judo Federation Hall of Fame.
Dr. Ferguson was also a 3-sport NCAA Division 1 collegiate athlete at Howard University where he played football, wrestled and ran track. In 2014, Dr. Ferguson also inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall Of Fame.
Professionally, Dr. Ferguson holds a 5th Degree black belt in Judo and he also holds a 3rd Degree black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu which is a background that very few martial artists can proclaim. Dr. Ferguson has competed at the Olympics, the premier submission grappling tournament on the planet, the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships and the Brazilian Jiujitsu World Championships (Mundials). Dr. Ferguson also holds a doctorate and masters degree in area of education and currently runs, teaches and operates his own dojo in Tampa, Florida where he coaches, teaches and mentors practitioners at the grassroots level of the art and sport who have been successful on the state and national levels.
At the end of the day, Dr. Ferguson likes to say that he is “…just a coach and a mentor – nothing more, nothing less.” But the truth is, he is a highly sought out and recognized High Performance Enhancement Specialist centered in education, business and sport. Utilizing his proven background as an Olympian and lecturing motivator to course correct systems, create, modify and engineer curriculum initiatives and construct strategic framework toward improving performance and elevating desired outcomes.
Dr. Ferguson resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife of 16 years, Traci Ferguson, MD and their two children. Their son Rufus and daughter Rhadi Isabelle.