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AnnMaria de Mars
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United States

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AnnMaria de Mars personal details

First Name AnnMaria
Last Name de Mars
Nickname/s -
Birth Name AnnMaria Waddell
Age -
Date of Birth August 15, 1958
Born Scott Air Field Base, Illinois, United States
Residence California, United States
Status Retired
Nationality American
Weight class
Weight range 120 - 120lbs / 54 - 54kg
Preferred 120lbs / 54kg
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Judo 6th Dan Black Belt / Instructor
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AnnMaria de Mars’ Bio

AnnMaria de Mars is a female judo fighter from Scott Air Field Base, Illinois, United States.

She began her judo training at the age of 12, and started coaching at 14.

During a college exchange semester, AnnMaria lived in Tokyo, Japan where she trained under Sensei Osawa.

She became the first person representing the United States to win a World Judo Championships, which she accomplished in 1984 under her former name AnnMaria Burns.

In 2006, AnnMaria was elected Vice President of the United States Judo Association.

Personal Life

AnnMaria is mother to four children, including Olympic Judoka and WMMA Champion Ronda Rousey.

She earned a degree in Business from Washington University. She earned her MBA from the University of Minnesota. Pursuing further study, she also earned an MA and PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of California, and would go on to be an educator by teaching at the college level in North Dakota.


Judo Titles

1984 - World Judo Championships, Vienna  Gold
1984 - Austrian Open / ASKO World Tournament, Austria  Gold
1984 - Canada Cup, Quebec  Gold
1984 - US Senior Nationals  Gold
1983 - US Open  Bronze
1983 - Pan American Games  Gold
1983 - US Senior Nationals  Gold
1983 - British Open, London  Bronze
1982 - US Open  Gold
1981 - British Open  Bronze
1981 - Tournoi d’Orleans  Bronze
1981 - US Senior Nationals  Bronze
1978 - US Senior Nationals  Gold
1978 - US Collegiate Nationals  Gold
1978 - US Open  Gold

Media Appearances


The Ultimate Fighter Season 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate (2013) – Episode 5, Guest Coach

Other Media

Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters (2013) – Co-Authored


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