Damian OHara

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Damian OHara


  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition L2
  • Judo 4th Degree Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiujitsu 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • StrongFit Fundamentals
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Self-Defense Athlete Course
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • Carl Paoli’s Freestyle Movement
  • Ido Portal’s Movement X and Corset
  • Underground Strength Coach Level 1
  • International Association of Krav Maga Instructor Level 1


  • 2x USA Judo National Medalist
  • 2x USA Sambo National Champion
  • 2019 US Open Sambo Champion
  • 3x Liberty Bell Judo Classic Champion
  • 3x New Jersey State Judo Champion

About Damian

I've been doing martial arts most of my life. I love CrossFit because its charter is parallel with Judo's philosophy of "mutual welfare and benefit". Training with other people brings out the best in others, no matter everyone's skill or fitness level.

Turning Point

I tried getting to the 2008 Olympic Trials for Judo. I didn't make it but the journey was very powerful. It forced me to focus on trying to do everything on and off the mat, in and out of the gym, to be better than my opponents, but ultimately it was to raise the level of Judo in the US. My opponents were able to train smarter while I tried training harder and that is why they were more successful. I took that principle and tried to apply it as best I can to my coaching. More is not better. We have to be smarter than the weights.

Motivation & Passion

I love knowing what makes people tick and seeing people's motivations evolve. The initial reason of what brings people through our doors changes to make them stay. New members sometimes have no idea what they are capable of and have the most to gain. Their results become exponential and snowball.

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