USA Judo

Q&A – Kevin Brousard

USA Judo VI Athlete +100KG

Q1.   How did you get involved with Judo?

It’s a long story, but I was at the 2015 World Games competing for Track and Field when I found out that Shot Put and Discus were not going to be part of the 2016 Rio Games. I was watching judo in the stands when I was introduced to Ed Liddie. My goal is to compete at the Paralympic Games, so I was excited when Ed invited me to come test out judo at the Training Center. That was my first time trying judo or any form of mixed martial arts.

Q2.   Why did you choose to compete in judo?

Honestly, I was looking for a way to get to the Games. I figured with my size and athleticism I could get pretty good at judo. I immediately trusted Scott and Heidi Moore and the coaching staff, and after a few workouts, I learned that I really like the sport. I have a lot of work ahead of me to become one of the greats, but I believe that I can make it onto the Paralympic Team in Tokyo.

Q3.   How long have you been competing in Judo?

One and a half years.  I’m really happy with how I’ve progressed over my short career. The last Senior Nationals, in 2016, was my first competition ever; and this year at the Senior Nationals in Salt Lake City I received the title of “National Champion”. I got emotional at the podium because I am so proud of this achievement and what the future holds for me in the sport.

Q4.   Coming from a Track and Field Background and being a 3-time World Champion in shot put and discus, what has been the biggest difference in training for judo?

The biggest thing is that shot put and discus does not fight back! Haha. But seriously, judo is mostly cardio while shot put and discus is strength. I’ve had to adjust my workouts to be more cardio based so I can last for a four-minute or longer match.

Q5.   Since you’re in the +100KG weight class, you don’t have to cut weight. What is your go-to meal the night before competition?

Something solid, healthy and filling but not heavy. I usually eat a few chicken breasts, broccoli, and a salad.

Q6.   Where are you from originally?

I grew up in San Clemente, CA. It’s a small beach town. I basically grew up on the beach because my dad was a lifeguard.

Q7.   Have you always been visually impaired?

Yes, I was born visually impaired with StarGardt’s disease. My earliest memory was in kindergarten when I was 6-inches from the board and couldn’t read what it said. Doctors were unable to diagnose my condition until I was 15 years old.

Q8.   What brought you to Colorado Springs, CO?

I moved to Colorado because I was offered a job to work with USABA as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator. I love that I get to impact the lives of visually impaired athletes through sports and grow the blind community. I get to travel and meet a bunch of amazing athletes and help them reach their goals of reaching the Paralympic level.

Q9.   Do you have any hidden talents?

There are so many to choose from. But I guess I know a lot of useless information about college football and NFL players. I get asked a lot of questions and give advice during fantasy football, but I don’t play personally.

Q10.  What do you like to do during your free time?

I am a motivational speaker in my free time. I am passionate about volunteer work. Doing a TED Talk has been on my bucket list for a while, and I was finally able to check that off my list in December of 2016. Click here to watch my TED Talk: