Former WWE star Santino Marella was recently interviewed by Judo Canada to talk about being named their first official ambassador. Marella talked about his early love for judo, his goal to make it more popular, and how he plans to do it.
Here are the highlights:
His obsession with winning as a young man:
When I was younger, the only thing I cared about was winning. Not that I’m older, I regret not pursuing more grading
His goal of making Judo more popular:
My quest is to make judo more popular, more mainstream. I want people to think about judo first when they choose a sport to enroll their kids in after school. I want them to see it as a great option for cross training during the ‘off’ season.
His plans to make this happen:
I want a YouTube channel with short and fun video content. I want to visit dojos, to promote the good sides of judo, to make it look cool. I want to see judo on the nightly news, like golf and tennis.