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<img src="http://images.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/_photos/2004-05-06-judo-cover-ins.jpg" align=left>Keeping judo in the family
By David Leon Moore, USA TODAY
SAN DIEGO — Twenty years ago, a judo star became the first American to win a world championship in the sport.
She would have probably made it to Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 for the Olympic debut of women's judo had she not decided to have babies instead.
One of those babies is now 17, a U.S. champion at 63 kilograms (139 pounds) and considered the best bet to become the first U.S. judo competitor, man or woman, to win an Olympic gold medal, maybe even this summer in Athens.
Sounds like Ronda Rousey and her mom could be one of the feel-good stories coming out of the Olympics.
But once Rousey's in-your-face, type-AAA mother, AnnMaria Rousey, who has a doctorate in educational psychology, comes into focus, and Rousey's aggressive (some would say overly aggressive) style takes center stage, things get less warm and fuzzy.
After all, how heartwarming is this?
Rousey's mother, when she was competing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, used to come up behind someone she was about to fight in a tournament, kick them in the leg and say, "Yo, I'm gonna kill you!"
Rousey's coach, Jimmy Pedro, the veteran, grizzled keeper of judo secrets and the father of former world judo champion Jimmy Pedro Jr., says of the criticism that his star pupil is a vicious, remorseless arm-breaker, "The girls who are getting hurt, it's their own fault. If they don't like it, tell them to take up pingpong."
Rousey was upbraided by her mom and other advisers Friday at the U.S. Senior National Judo Championships in San Diego for taking pity on a competitor by letting her out of a submission armlock hold when the referee wrongly didn't end the match.
"If the ref doesn't stop it, you have to decide what you're going to do," Rousey's mother says. "And I say crank the sucker and pop that baby."
In other words, in the parlance of judo, break her arm.
"You don't literally break a person's arm," Rousey's mother says. "You just dislocate their elbow or stretch a few ligaments."
Oh, that's all.
No U.S. judo player has won an Olympic title, but U.S. officials in the sport think Rousey is the one, if not this year, then in 2008.
"She's the poster girl for judo, I think," says Martin Bregman, a geologist, sixth-degree black belt and longtime international referee. "She's the future."
Judo, translated from Japanese, means "gentle way," but it doesn't always translate that way on the mat. Rousey's mother, in her world championship season in 1984, had six "broken arms." She says probably 75% of her matches ended in the submission armlock, called an armbar.
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