Rhadi Ferguson


Dr. Rhadi Ferguson is a Bahamian-American, a 2004 Olympian in the sport of Judo, 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 department of the University of Central Florida and also as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Currently Dr. Ferguson serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research as well as the Theories and Applications International Edition Journal.

Dr. Ferguson has been featured on major networks such as Yahoo!, NBC, ESPN and in print media such as UFC Fit Magazine, Ultimate Grappling Magazine and he is a writer for the professional blog 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

After growing up in Miami, Florida and experiencing the Goombay Festivals in Coconut Grove during his youth, Dr. Ferguson got bit by the "Carnival" bug in 2011 at Miami Carnival and has been hooked ever since. Since then he has been a regular at Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago and many other carnivals such as Miami, Tampa, Palm Beach, and Orlando. Dr. Ferguson believes in attending the "big" carnival as well as the small ones, as the small ones provide a great training ground for the newbies and neophytes to carnival.

In 2014, Dr. Ferguson wrote one of the best selling books on preparing for carnival called "The Ultimate Road Ready Guide: PACE! What Every Carnival Veteran And Carnival Virgins Must." Dr. Ferguson today has been heralded as "The Carnival Doctor" by TriniJungleJuice and by many others around the world by his ability to prepare for carnival and create the best experience possible for masqueraders and revelers.

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.

Professionally, Dr. Ferguson holds a black belt in Judo. He also holds a 2nd Degree black belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu which is a background that very few martial artists can proclaim. 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, carnival and sport. Utilizing his proven background as an Olympian and lecturing motivator to course corrects 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 12 years, Traci Ferguson, MD and their two children. Their son Rufus (8) and daughter Rhadi Isabelle (4).
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Life Is Hard

There are some moments that you experience in life that are just downright dreadful. I mean, absolutely horrible. Things that will break you down.... cripple you and emotionally injure you to your core.  This is what life does.  Life throws us an ass kicking that you wouldn't believe. 

And just like a sportsman fortifies themselves for the pain and abuse from the game, so does the carnival reveller fortify themselves through the total and all encompassing experiences of carnival.  There are some moments that you experience in life that are just downright dreadful. I mean, absolutely horrible. Things that will break you down.... cripple you and emotionally injure you to your core.  This is what life does.  Life throws us an ass kicking that you wouldn't believe. 

And just like a sportsman fortifies themselves for the pain and abuse from the game, so does the carnival reveller fortify themselves through the total and all encompassing experiences of carnival.

Through carnival we experience a great sense of joy, we make new friends and we are able to actually take two vacations in one.
First and foremost, let me make it clear that I am NOT complaining. I understand that I am blessed beyond measure to travel the world and my home country and fete and party and lime like its nobody's business. I also understand that being able to attend carnivals around the globe is a privilege.

And I am thankful and grateful for that. 

But....... Ah cyah lie!!! Nothing pisses me off more than when work gets in the way of my fetting schedule!!!

And you know this too.

This has happened to all of us. 

We have a WHOLE weekend planned and THEN your boss, supervisor or client, at the last freaking minute books your for that weekend or tells you that you have to work or be on travel.

And then you start to do the thing.  You know... that thing where you are trying to find out some ridiculous way to actually make it to at least something that you have planned for the weekend. Then you realize that there is no way without getting fired, losing your job or losing the client. 

Well that's what happened to me this weekend.

There's nothing worse than getting hyped up for a good quality soca injection with the people from your carnival crew and then finding out somebody can't go.

You talk about going to a fete and you can just see yourself having a good time with your friends when all of a sudden life gets in the way and your friend texts you and says, "Sorry, I can't make it this weekend."

The look on all of our faces at that moment is priceless.

I Love To Masturdate

I'm not sure about you but I absolutely love to masturdate.
And yes, I'm married but I need some alone time and when I do masturdate, it's usually to soca. And sometimes I do it by myself and sometimes with large groups of people.  I don't mind if people watch. I really doesn't bother me at all. And, if I'm honest, I kinda like it.

If you've never masturdated before you should MOST DEFINITELY do it. It will allow you to get in touch with your "inner feter" and you will learn exactly what YOU need in order to have the most intense roadgasm possible.

I am in no way a master chef but I can make a fantastic spaghetti dinner.   Now, everybody who has eaten spaghetti knows that the quality of a good spaghetti has less to do with the noodles and more to do with the sauce. When a person critiques a plate of spaghetti they are actually critiquing the quality of the sauce.  Well, that is how most of us critique fetes. 

We don't critique the "noodles" but we do critique the "sauce."  Well, there is one fete which I have attended every year since 2012 during their first annual fete.  And over the years they have served different appetizers, changed up the dinnerware and even the venue BUT I go back year after year because the "spaghetti" is of a high quality because they understand the secret to making the sauce. 

The Carnival Doctor Provides 3 Reasons Why You Should Walk Naked Over Broken Glass To Get To Orlando, Phoenix and/or Atlanta Carnival

1. If you are a Carnival Virgin then the smaller carnivals such as Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Hollywood, etc.,. are an EXCELLENT way to get acclimated to the carnival scene

There are very few parties in the United States that I really get ramped up and excited for but, there a few.

I can tell you right now that I'm looking forward to and awaiting the arrival of Soca Brainwash in Miami Carnival in 2015. I am also looking forward to the Arrivals Fete during Miami Carnival this year.  And the Vale Breakfast Fete in Miami is awesome as well.  I've never been to Vaughn's Red Eye Breakfast Party in New York, but from what I understand, I need to put it on my soda can list. (FYI, my soda can list is like my bucket list but the items are not as massive.)

But, one party that I look forward to, without a doubt is the Flag Fete in Orlando, FL during the Orlando Carnival weekend.

The carnival movement must permeate the fabric of our society. 

More love and less hate is necessary. More deaths which follow the natural progression of life are necessary.  Not lives which are cut short because love was not at the forefront of the thought process.

If you were ever on the fence about going to carnival or not sure that you should go, I'm telling you right now - YOU NEED TO GO.

And it's not because of the partying, the wining, the jumping, the paint, the powder, the mud, the oil, the costumes, the soca, the trucks, the men, the women, the fetes or the all-inclusives. It is because there are few places on the planet, and I've been all over the world, where love is the principle order of the day. There are few places on the planet where there is an understood "no judgement" policy.  And there are too few times when you can actually go to a place and be so filled with love and good vibes that you, as an individual, can become a carrier of such a virus and infect others with it.

On the 25th of April in Miami at Virginia Key Beach in Key Biscayne Generation X had their GenXRedAntz J'ouvert Band Launch.  The event was held from 10pm to 4am. 

I attended and here's what I have to say.........


For all intents and purposes, if you are reading this piece of written articulation  you are a Soca Junkie. That means that you love soca music and you listen to it morning, midday and night. You are most likely also a carnival junkie. Meaning, if there is a carnival,  you are there. You love going to the big carnivals and hit some of the small ones in between because you need a good soca injection. And if you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are a fete junkie. Meaning, you can't wait to get in a fete and get on bad and it doesn't matter who is there or not there. When you reach, de ting now start. And it doesn't matter if there is just one person in there or 4000, you are going to have a good time.

But this fete was not about the soca junkies, or the fete junkies or the carnival junkies. 

The GenXRedAntz J'ouvert Band Launch was for a special subset of the carnival population.

Get Yourself Into A Good Position Now.

A Friendly Piece
of Advice

Just like in a race, you will want to jockey for a good position before the race even starts. This will help you for sure.  Carnival veterans don't mind helping you but NOW is the time to start asking for help, not when they are trying to get in their last jump for the year in Miami or during Labor Day or when they are preparing for Cropover.

Now is the time to ask for advice and to let them know you are serious.
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