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Judo back in at next Commonwealths IF Glasgow 

Well, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid has announced the sports it will have if it wins the games. JUDO IS IN! SO go Glasgow!

If nothing else we get lots of iconic photos of Graham Randall winning his World title, taht alone makes it worth it if you ask me! :)

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Podcast looking good again. 

Hi all, just a quick message to say that the nasty error message on the podcast has gone. That train ride from London to home provided enough time to look at the code and spot the problem.

It may of course cause other problems, knowing my luck! So let me know if you see any problems please.

In other podcast news, I spent the best part of 2 hours recording a podcast with Mike, Gene, Serge & Matt on Friday night. Some really excellent discussion which will soon appear on and possibly on also, a "simulcast" perhaps?

The EU podcast will be coming out with another episode very soon, I have 4 podcasts lined up for recording, all of which I am really looking to recording and sharing with everyone. Should be really REALLY good, stay tuned!

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I've passed year two of the FdSc at University of Bath! 

I am really pleased to say that I have officially passed another year of my FdSc Sports (Sports Performance) degree course at the University of Bath!

This means I am allowed to continue to year three, the final year of this course! Very pleased of course!

My grades are not amazingly fantastic, but they are better than last year, so hopefully that means I am improving and 2007 will result in even better marks.

It has been quite hard to get the handle on assignments and what is expected of us, there is a large delay sometimes between when we hand assignments and we get them back. So, feedback takes an age to get to us and I think has affected our ability to improve.

Last year we got more feedback from tutors than in the first year, and it really helped. It's the oldcoaching theory that feedback needs to be specific and provided as soon as possible for maximum effect.

I am realy pleased with making it into year three, the course has been the catalyst for both my research at the Commonwealths and for the podcast, both are projects I have gained a lot from and hope have/will help others, so that alone has made the course worthwhile for me! (this is before I consider the great experiences and knowledge the course provides directy!)

The degree course is a bit like Judo itself, it's not always the the obvious things that are important. The Qualification itself has little value to me. The people I am meeting and learning from, the experiences and the projects are what I have found valuable.

At this point I should remind everyone that the course is open to all comers. So UK, US, NZ, where ever. It is only 2 X two weeks a year in Bath, so it is great for those of us who have jobs and careers, etc.

Each year a new cohort of about 20-30 starts, so how about signing up!
Take a look over at

Let me know if you want to sign up!
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Podcast errors 

Hi podcast listeners, just a quick note to say that yes I am aware that there are error messages appearing on the podcast page.

It's a new thing, not actually affecting the podcast except getting in the way, you can still listen and subscribe, honest!

I am working to sort out why I am getting the error, so bear with me.

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Podcast progress 

So, I've just kicked off working on the podcast again, and wow talk about great response!

I dropped a few emails out to people I have been in contact with or meaning to contact and POW pretty much everyone of them has replied back saying they'll come on the podcast!

I don't want to say exactly who until I've actually recorded the sessions, but rest assured that there are some great folk on the list. Ranging from high level competitors to professional schools coaches, excellent people.

Still trying to expand the range outside the UK, which is slowly happening, so please please do get in touch if you are, or know someone who might be good on the podcast.


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