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Skills for Judo Coaches working with Digital Natives. 

As the date for my little webinar on coaching digital natives approaches, I thought I would look at the sort of skills that Judo coaches in the new millennium shall need to best influence the players under our care.

Web 2.0Written Skills
With email and blogging shall be important activities in a coaches life. You will need to be good at writing and better yet have a good understanding of why you need to write well.
For me the best way to improve these skills is reading and writing regularly. Read other Judo coaches blogs (start at and go from there), then write your own blog. You may also want to read a book or two on writing, “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk (Amazon USA /Amazon UK ) is pretty popular, and not too expensive, give it a try.

For email, again read and write lots of emails. Get good at writing short, concise, clear emails that get the message across. There are plenty of guides to good email etiquette on the internet read some of them.

Audio Skills
Podcasting is the new blogging, at present there are only two Judo podcasts (1 & 2), how about starting your own?!
You will want to develop the speaking skills and the audio production skills to be able to create your own little Judo “radio” show. There are plenty of great tools to help you make a show; Audacity will do pretty much everything you need and it's free.

Video Skills

VodCasting (or VideoPodcasting) will be the new Podcasting. Much like audio, there are plenty of free tools out there to help you produce good video. Video production is trickier than audio but depending on what you are trying to achieve, not that “tricky”. The webcam on your PC and a website like Viddler or vimeo or even YouTube might be all you need. A camcorder and a basic understanding of lighting will produce pretty good results.

Referencing (and linking)
In the internet age, we do not live in isolation, we are a community defined not by location but interests. Our interest is Judo and anyone, anywhere, can be part of that community and contribute. The most important skill may be the ability to acknowledge the contributions of others in the community. Learn how to reference (in the academic sense) and get good at managing your sources and link to them (or reference them) all the time and every time you build on someone else's efforts. Check out Zotero or CiteUlike or Delicious.

What's not on the list?

Web design. These two things are not important if you are a Judo coach. They are if (like me) you are trying to innovate with new ideas and methods.
For the Judo coach working day in and day out, you don't need these skills. The new Web 2.0 age is about digital content, not about having a flash website with all the bells and whistles. What matters is the quality and quantity of the content you produce. Focus on the skills to produce good quality content.

The free Webinar on Coaching Digital Natives, is on February 4th, 8:30pm GMT.

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JudoVideo TV channels on the way 

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Coaching Digital Natives Webinar. 4th Feb 2008, 8:30pm GMT - FREE! 

Hi all, I have decided to go ahead and run a Webinar on coaching Judo to Digital Natives (aka Young people).

I have given similar talks at both the University of Bath and for the BJA at the national performance centre in Dartford. Shortly I shall be giving the live talk for the Scottish Judo Federation also hopefully.

The webinar is a new project for me, I shall deliver the talk via a website with streamed audio and graphics etc. The big plus is that it is international via the internet, so the people that have emailed me from all over the globe can tune in.

I can host 20 people in the webinar, and it is completely free. Click the link below to sign up:

The Webinar shall be on Wednesday evening 8:30pm (GMT/UTC) on the 4th of February 2009.

I am really excited about this webinar as it ways it is taking the concepts in the talk and applying them to share the concepts in the talk.

My hope is that the 20 spaces available fill up quickly and that it will lead to other webinars. For example a webinar on "Blogging for Judoka" and perhaps on more Judo specific areas such as periodisation, notation, statistical analysis, nutrition, strategy, grips, specific throws, strength and conditioning, etc etc etc.

It is quite a short time from today till the Webinar so please register today.

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PlanetJudo Update... 

Today, the went down, I don't know why. It sadly took down the site for most of the day (if not longer).

To resolve the issue, I ended up totally removing the software and installing the latest version (8.12) of the software that runs the site (

Whilst updating I have removed Taraje's twitter feed as it is not very Judo specific now days. I am "this close" to removing his blog feed as it is rubbish nowdays... just spam for his darn DVDs. Please let me know if you have an opinion one way or the other on that ok.

I also added a couple of blog sites, we are now up to 81 feeds. Not much longer to 100 perhaps?

I have been toying with the idea of putting a workshop together "Blogging for Judoka". What do you think? It'd be a practical workshop covering both the technical matters of setting up a site and also the theory.

I am considering the idea of an online session and also a real world session in London or such like.

Again, please let me know your opinions?

I'd be interested in both if you would be interested in attending such an event and also if we had costs to cover how much would be a reasonable fee for such and event.

Drop me an email ( and let me know what you think?

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Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces Task for this week.... 

As a part of my participation in the online social networking workshop Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces ( ), I have been tasked to do some online story telling, so I have chosen to copy Steve Wheeler ( ... -tell.html ) and Blog my story.

So to start here's the task:

Tell us about about your first approach towards learning technologies or that first experience that comes to mind. In other words, tell us your story on how it all started. It doesn't matter whether you are beginners or experienced users of web 2.0 tools, once we start working online, we automatically start developing an online identity. Here are some questions you may use to guide you on your story:

1. How did it all start?
2. What were you thinking?
3. What did you want to achieve?
4. Did you succeed?
5. Where did it take you?
6.How has your perspective changed throughout the years, months, or days?

My Story...

So compared to my colleagues on the 6 week workshop, I have an odd background. By that I mean that I am not in “academia”; I am a Judo coach. So learning technologies in Judo is very different I think to in education.

I suppose my story starts in Napier, New Zealand (The Art Deco city) back in the mid 1990s. I moved there as a computer geek and it was about then I started my first website. I don't recall why, except I knew the then very much smaller internet was “cool”.
My little website was a collection of Judo training games and drills. Which was I suppose my first attempt at using technology to educate. My first attempt at sharing knowledge with the international Judo community.

I recall that one of the “highs” of that site was receiving my first game from someone else. A Judo coach in Sweden sent his favourite Judo game for helping kids learn Judo. I added it to the list and it was such a huge buzz to be adding other peoples knowledge to mine and sharing it.

Since then that website has morphed and changed and become this website ( That original list of kids games is no longer the focus but the site still has the list hidden away somewhere. :-) The list itself I know is popular as the games have been used by coaches worldwide now, sometimes attributed, mostly not. It is flattering to see my games on DVDs and in Books; but Judo people really need to learn copyright law or etiquette.

The simple list of games, has led me to all sorts of wonderful things. I am proud to be as far as I have been able to tell, the first Judo blogger. It brought me into different circles of Judo people and is the reason I got into the University of Bath FdSc and Bsc degree courses (and possibly a PHD next believe it or not!!). I have a Judo Podcast too, which has allowed me to meet (virtually only often) some of the biggest names in the sport and share their knowledge with an entire planet of Judo people. I have also become a Keynote lecturer at University of Bath, my Father who survived my rebellious teens must be swooning every time he things about his “Judo Bum” son actually having an education and now teaching!

Whenever, I think about it my head swells!

In terms of my perspective over the years I have been doing this, it has changed immensely. I become more aware of my naivety each day. I also become more aware of the fact that technology has a huge potential to change and improve the way people learn and possibly more importantly how they think about Judo.

I am more aware than ever in 2009 that I have so much to learn and increasingly from outside of the Judo world. Which brings me nicely to this Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces workshop; which has nothing to do with Judo at all. Well... depending on your point of view. To me I think it is absolutely linked to my Judo life. I think that the more I learn about education and technology for education, then the more I can integrate into the Judo universe both for myself and for others.

So that is my rambling story, my geek career and Judo careers have merged and the child of that merger is my formal education. The merger of my geek, Judo and education facets is me branching out into things like this workshop.


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