Judd Reid is one of an elite few karate masters who have successfully conquered the rarely-staged 100-man kumite. It is widely considered the ultimate martial arts test, where a challenger engages in a hundred consecutive two-minute fights against black-belt opponents.
Through his martial arts journey from being a skinny Melbourne kid all the way to becoming a world champion who conquered the 100-man kumite, Reid has made it his personal mission to motivate people to pick up martial arts, and inspire a similar sense of determination and self-confidence.
id’s extraordinary journey is compounded by the fact that he could have led a much more comfortable life if he hadn’t decided to dedicate himself to karate.
By the time he was 14, Reid was already an incredibly promising golfer with a handicap of 14, with the real possibility of turning professional. In addition, he also could have become a stock broker on the Melbourne stock market after working there for a year. However, none of that was part of a life Reid wanted to lead.
“I have no regrets,” he says with conviction. “With my martial arts, I have been able to travel all around the world. I’ve met different people, developed close friendships and bonds, and for me, there is nothing better than that.”
Check out the full movie in his journey to completing the 100-man challenge: