A member of Germany’s Olympic judo squad has a pretty metal ritual she uses to get hyped before hitting the mat- and some people were concerned when they saw it.
Martyna Trajdos, 32, had to take to Instagram to calm her fans down.
“Don’t worry guys! That’s the ritual which I chose before fights. My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up!” Trajdos wrote.
According to the New York Post, the slapping took place right before Trajdos took on Hungary’s Szofi Ozbas in the women’s -63kg Judo elimination round at the Tokyo Olympics.
German national coach Claudiu Pusa was delivering the blows, though the smacking was rather tame.
Some people were rather defensive when they saw the slap.
“I have an overwhelming urge to smack him back. (even if this is some mutually acceptable, bizarre training technique),” Carolyn Dunn tweeted.
I have an overwhelming urge to smack him back. (even if this is some mutually acceptable, bizarre training technique). https://t.co/1L21i6WEf6— carolyn dunn (@carolyndunncbc) July 28, 2021
However, the Polish-born Trajdos stuck up for her coach.
“This is what I asked my coach to do so please don’t blame him. I need this before my fights to be awake,” she wrote.
After losing to Szofi Ozbas, Trajdos made a joke that her coach should’ve slapped her harder.
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