Posted June 23, 2015 by Melanie Gale in News

Ronda Rousey’s Ex Judo Coach: “She owes her entire existence to our sport”

Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (11-0) was less than complimentary to her ex judo coach Jason Morris in her memoir, “My Fight/Your Fight,” stating,

“I was training under a coach I couldn’t stand and who was taking my money. I was starving. I was not improving. ‘What the (expletive) am I doing here?’ I asked myself out loud.”

Morris shot back, telling the Times Union, “(I’ll) take the free advertising for my school, good or bad.”

He continued, “I was happy to be mentioned, (Rousey) acknowledges that we were part of her rise, and anybody with a brain can say, ‘These people must have something going for them.'”

“I’m a judo coach,” said Morris. “I do the best I can, and (Rousey) came to me. I didn’t seek her out. She wanted expert training, and I did the best I could at that time.”

‘There was nothing remarkable about her, (she)  was an average teenage kid, kind of sloppy.’Judo

“She was already an exceptional competitor, which she still is today,” said Morris. “But she was raw, and there was a lot of room for technical advances. And that’s basically where I filled in a lot of things that she does today, among other coaches. I’m just a small blip in her existence.”

“The reality is she owes her entire existence to our sport,” Morris said. “Not to me or any one person. The judo community raised her, and this is why she’s so successful.”

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