Lifelong martial artist and PhD Candidate at University of South Florida, Gino Collura, explains and tells about his experience with Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, the head sensei of Tampa Florida Judo.



“As a practicing martial artist for the past 20 years and lifelong resident of Tampa, Florida I have had the privilege of training with many great instructors within the Bay area. Yet, none have been able to expose me to the level of DETAILED INSTRUCTION and WORLD CLASS PEDIGREE that DR. RHADI FERGUSON HAS.
In my time training with Dr. Ferguson, my understanding of both fundamental and complex concepts within Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have been taken to a whole new level. His unique ability to not only TEACH the physical and mental aspects of both arts as well as PERFORM them on a DAILY BASIS encompasses the key ingredients of a FANTASTIC INSTRUCTOR. Far too often, martial arts instructors can do techniques but they cannot teach them; or, they can teach techniques but cannot execute them in “real-time”….DR. FERGUSON DOES BOTH and DOES THEM SUPERBLY WELL!! As a student, this has pushed me to a level of performance and mental conditioning that I never thought was possible. Being taught by an individual that is not only an expert in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also a professional MMA Fighter, Olympian, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, PhD in Education, Pioneering Scholar, Stellar Role Model for ALL ATHLETES, and a truly good person with his students’ best interest at heart is a RARITY. His unique combination of experiences, achievements, and accolades shines in the quality of instruction he provides. He doesn’t just simply teach you a technique and expect you to know it…he makes it HIS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that you master it. Dr. Ferguson dedicates the time, communication, and one-on-one interaction to ensure that you are not just learning techniques; he makes sure you understand WHY you are executing the techniques. This has elevated my grappling game tremendously and has separated him from other instructors in my past.

Furthermore, my time training with Dr. Ferguson has made me a better person through character refinement and pushing me beyond limits which I once thought I had. Because of his unique and rare teaching style, my performance in completing my PhD at the University of South Florida has improved as well as my performance in professional settings. His proprietary methodology of instruction has carried over into all facets of my life and has pushed me to grow athletically as well as competitively.

It is wholeheartedly an honor to have Dr. Ferguson as my instructor. His level of didacticism and passion for educating his students in the RIGHT WAY to practice Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu makes me proud to call Tampa Florida Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu my martial arts home.”

– Gino Collura