This is the Judo blog of Lance Wicks. In this blog I cover mainly Judo and related topics. My Personal blog is over at LanceWicks.com where I cover more geeky topics. Please do leave comments on what you read or use the Contact Me form to send me an email with your thoughts and ideas.

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May 2005 


May 31, 2005
FdSc Course work done!

By LanceW

I am happy to report I have emailed all my course work for my FdSc degree last night after spending most of the weekend on formatting and revising etc.

I think I am supposed to post it all as well, so am going to print them here at work and post them recorded delivery.

Having completed it all, I have to say it was really rewarding.

The player assessment form I made to help with most of the assignments is a bit of an accomplishment and I really think that with the revision ideas I have picked up from using it, I have a really useful tool there.

The Nutrition assignment was a beast, but am happy with the result. SOme good stuff there that I think is of genuine use to players.

The LWP stats stuff was less rewarding, mainly as I had the guts of it done whilst still at Bath. No earth shattering revelations discovered or anything. As for lifestyle management... hmmm, could do with some of that myself! :-)

Can't wait for the next block, the best thing about the course in many ways is the invigoration it gives me about Judo. I'm totally buzzed about Judo again and about the potential of what the course makes us do.

Thoroughly recommend it to all Judoka!

* Posted on: Tue, May 31 2005 11:24 AM

May 25, 2005
Covertec is great!

By LanceW

I recently bought a Covertec case for my mobile phone.

If you are considering buying a case for your phone, buy one from them, they are great! The leather case I bought works great, looks good, feels good etc.

But... I broke the belt clip. DOH!!
I broke it, it was not a design fault, it was just me sitting down and breaking it okay. So I looked at their website to buy a replacement, couldn't see one, so I emailed them asking how to get a new one.

About 5-10 minutes later, I receive an email from them saying a new clip is in the post!

Service, wow, service!!!
I am blown away, thank you covertec, Merci!

So... buying a case for your phone buy it from www.covertec.com

* Posted on: Wed, May 25 2005 11:54 AM

May 24, 2005
VMK is the coolest thing since sliced bread!!

By LanceW

Hi all,
Over on Boing Boing I pointed Cory/all towards VMK, the virtual magic kingdom from Disney!


I have now had a quick nosey about and it is fantatsic!

Try the fireworks show game, totally Disney! Totally fun! Well done Disney, VMK rocks!

Anyone who has yet to find it try it NOW! (its free)

LINK TO VMK

* Posted on: Tue, May 24 2005 5:47 PM

Hello Bong Boing'ers

By LanceW

Cory over at Boing Boing just put a link I sent them on their site with a link to my site (cheers!) so traffic is going mad. WOOT!

Let me know you've been here, drop me an email and say Hi.

Tell me what you think of the VMK too.


* Posted on: Tue, May 24 2005 1:45 PM

E-Judo - Reset underway

By LanceW

Hi all those who have been testingout the e-judo code.
Its alpha code okay, so if you are wondering why it is not working it is because I am a bit rubbish and there is a bug in the code that mucked the database up stopping you from being able to login.

I am just going to reset it, which will mean new accounts for everyone.

Lance

* Posted on: Tue, May 24 2005 1:44 PM

New Logo

By LanceW

Hi all,
you will notice if you visit my site proper (www.judocoach.com) a nice new logo. I didn't design it myself, I bought it for $25USD from GotLogos.com as an experiment. In fact here it is:



Now... the logo is fab! One small issue, namely that it has a bloke kicking which is not a Judo thing is it. So I have asked for a revision ($10USD).
I am even though I need to have it revised, really happy with the service, I have ZERO artistic ability, so it's nice to find a service that works and is cheap and easy.

Can't wait to receive the revised version!


* Posted on: Tue, May 24 2005 11:23 AM

May 23, 2005
Being British

By LanceW

After a very short time living in the UK you notice that the British are obsessed about two things. (probably not the two things you immediately thought of you filthy devils!)

This weekend, I discovered that I too am starting to suffer from these two obsessions. This I think indicates that I have been here far too long and that I can now call myself British. (should I want to)

Now... what were those two obsessions?

1. The Weather.
The Brits obsess over it and so do I. I watch the wweather reports I have an RSS feed of the wetaher forecast, I have a watch with a Barometer on it! I have a bookmark to a locally installed weather station. Shoot me now!

2. Birds.
The feathered type. Bird watching is bigger here than anywhere else in the world I am told. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is apparently the first/only society of its type. Most countries just include bird in the SPCA, but not here because they are obsessed with birds/bird watching.
I now share the obsession and can tell you that I have a nesting pair of Blue Tits, resident Robins and also Wagtails. Not to mention that damned Heron that ate all my fish!

So with these two obsessions firmly underway I consider that I can now call my self "British". If I want to that is, I have no plans to give up my Kiwi status.

Eh Gads... Kiwi another bird!!

* Posted on: Mon, May 23 2005 3:01 PM

May 19, 2005
Slight web update

By LanceW

I have just updated my judocoach.com website a little.

Basically, I am about to embark on a complete revision but wanted to make a couple of tweaks. The tweaks became disasters and then I corrected the errors and simplified the CSS a little.

The background colour is based on the image bottom right and looks... well it looks okay I guess. Hopefully it is only temporary. I may have to swing by oswd.org and steal a new design.



* Posted on: Thu, May 19 2005 3:01 PM

Too Funny!!!

By LanceW

Star Wars piccies for all you fans, only hilarious!!

Zap over to worth1000 for the best contest they've had there that I have seen. (this morning at least )


* Posted on: Thu, May 19 2005 8:26 AM

May 18, 2005
CCMixter

By LanceW

COOL!
Fresh new music free and legal!

Basically a creative commons project whereby talented folk can sample happily and create music and post it back up. AWESOME as the result is an ecclectic mix of music.

So surf over to http://ccmixter.org/ and see what you find.

* Posted on: Wed, May 18 2005 11:29 PM

Weather on Bloglines!

By LanceW

Bloglines you've done it again!!

A great new feature in Bloglines this week. The Weather report.

Which is good especially if you live here in the weather obsessed UK. By the way, that should clue you into the fact that it is not just US info (like most cool tools on the web), it found the town closest to my house no problem what so ever!

Cool!

Try it now, just click the ADD link on your "My Feeds" list and then click on WEATHER, put the name of your town and up it should pop!

Lance

* Posted on: Wed, May 18 2005 7:57 AM

OutFoxed

By LanceW

Hi all,
I have been testing an interesting piece of software called OutFoxed.

Basically it's a social bookmarking extension to FireFox. Meaning that you friends share their links with you, saying if they are good bad or dangerous.
So when you visit a site you get a icon telling you if the site is good bad or dangerous according to your friends/informers.

Its in Beta at the moment so give it a go.
Here is a link to get you started: OutFoxed


* Posted on: Wed, May 18 2005 7:57 AM

May 17, 2005
Payloadz

By LanceW

Hi all,

I am playing around with the Payloadz.com system, which links into Paypal to sell electronic products for you.

I have uploaded my koga screensaver to it as a test KOGA SAVER it's only a £1, so please consider it a donation and test the system please. I'd appreciate any feedback.

For those of you short a pound, the screensaver is free to download from my projects page at www.judocoach.com
So buying from Payloadz really is just a donation.

Lance

* Posted on: Tue, May 17 2005 10:47 AM

May 16, 2005
Damn... left my email client open at home!

By LanceW

Oh dear!

I have left my email client open at home, so my remoate access mailbox is completely empty, so those emailing me please forgive me!

Reminds me I really need to think about a useful yet secure-ish way of accessing my machine when not there. (So I could close the window)

So.. anyone emailing me today, please forgive my not replying till Tuesday.

Lance

* Posted on: Mon, May 16 2005 1:17 PM

OPL Development

By LanceW

Hi all,
When I finally get around to updating the website I must add another "project", this one is automating the JMG Judo specific fitness test. But just to make it more interesting I am attempting to do it for my Nokia 9500 mobile phone.

On all the old Psion PDAs there was a built-in language called OPL, the Psion OS became Symbian, which is what my Mobile runs (series 80). And you guessed it, you can install OPL and write/run application that you write yourself!

So.. I am working my way through all the online references I can find and hope to soon have a phone based test for Judo fitness done! WOOT! Just have to write it now.

Lance

* Posted on: Mon, May 16 2005 1:12 PM

May 12, 2005
Judo Systems

By LanceW

My FDSc course along with discussion arising from the Player Assessment Project have had my brain bubbling away on whats wrong with the world and Judo specifically.

I have a thought crystalizing quietly in my head, it is an idea on how we can improve Judo performance for our players and specifically for Judo teams.

And my magic solution... good systems.

Basically, increasingly I think that where we can make big gains is in putting quality systems in place to support and develop players. An example of this would be my player assessment form, this could be used by coaches to benchmark all their players.
Another example would be to have a notation "team", that followed players and notated their performances for later assessment.

Both rely on a standard format being repeated many times to get good quantitive data.

Thoughts?

* Posted on: Thu, May 12 2005 1:21 PM

May 11, 2005
MoBlog

By LanceW

Hi all, the other thing I am trying (again following Steve Litchfields example) is MoBlogging, using the camera on my phone.

My new MoBlog is over at Moblog.co.uk do pop over by clicking that link there and take a look.

* Posted on: Wed, May 11 2005 2:18 PM

On Mobile phones

By LanceW

As some will know I have recently bought a Nokia 9500 mobile phone. Brilliant piece of Kit by the way. Solid, has a QWERTY keyboard does all sorts of good stuff out of the box like email etc.

As I have gotten to know it better I have been installing (and removing) an array of software, some good some pants.

I spend quite a bit of time on http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/ which is a site I first came across when I got a Psion organiser. Steve Litchfield who runs the site has provided some seriously good content over there.

I am now exploring programming OPL, which is a great (FREE) way to get new software on the phone.

If I have one gripe about the 9500 it is that it runs Series 80 of symbian and most stuff out there seems to be for Series 60 and they don't seem compatible, or perhaps thats just me.

My big exploration is "MoSoSo", mobile social software. This is the stuff that helps your phone find other phones and do stuff. Nokia just released their SENSOR product I already have Pantopic and have been trying others.
By the way NOKIA if you are listening, get the series 80 version of SENSOR out would ya!And while I'm at it SKYPE, please get a Series 80 version of Skype out too.

If anyone reading this has any views or experiences, let me know.

* Posted on: Wed, May 11 2005 11:23 AM

May 9, 2005
Putin on Leadership & Judo

By LanceW

Over at http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2005/may/09putin.htm there is a piece on the Russian presidents thoughts on Leadership and the effect Judo has had on him.

I've pasted it below also.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former Judo champion, says the sport is not just 'a sport but a philosophy', which taught him that strategy, not strength, matters.

You could use this, too, in your life!

Vladimir PutinWhat Judo teaches you: "Judo teaches us that a seemingly weak partner can not only resist you, but can also beat you. It is not only strength that can change the result of a match. It is also the ability to think and use the right stance. What is very improtant is to have a strong character and a strong desire for victory," Putin said on the American television network CBS' News magazine programme, 60 Minutes.

Why Judo is not a sport but a philosophy: First of all, sports like Judo teach us about relationships between people and teach you to respect your partner.

Putin's life and career strategy: Putin worked 'very hard' to become a Judo champion in Leningrad, he said. "I think that if you do something, you should do it not only for the pelasure of the process but you should be results-oriented."

Putin, who was born into a 'family of workers', said his father and mother were just ordinary people. The three of them lived in a small room in a communal apartment in Leningrad with no private facilities.

They didn't even have a bath and a shower. "My parents worked a lot," said Putin. "So I spent a lot of time on the streets with other teenagers. It was just a normal, ordinary life."

The President's hobby those days were to chase rats with a stick, which led to a 'very interesting discovery': "If you corner a rat, it turns on you and attacks you. And a rat attacks aggressively. It even chases its adversary when they run away."

When shown a picture which appeared to show him being angry, Putin said, "I don't remember one time in my five years as President of the Russian Federation that I lost my temper. I think that this [losing temper] is absolutely uancceptable."

Leadership mantras: The former KGB agent said one had to be 'tough and consistent' in their actions. Without being tough it is impossible to be a head of state.

"It is important to take responsibility, and not hide behind your government, your law enforcement agencies, or your armed forces. That is what is important."

"It is also very important to find the right people for the job. This is definitely the most difficult task for leaders. Being tough is not the most difficult task for a person who has the position I do. It is probably more difficult to be patient and forgiving. In the position that I have, it is easier to be tough or harsh," he said.

* Posted on: Mon, May 9 2005 1:31 PM

Heron, I shall have my revenge!!

By LanceW

Aaaarrgghhh!!!!

As some of you might know, I have pond of Koi Carp, which I inherited when I moved into our house. I knew nothing about keeping fish when we arrived and now I feel almost competent, too damn competent.

I walked out my door yesterday afternoon and was flapped at by a huge Heron (about my shoulder height!) as it took off from near my pond.

I sprinted to the pond to see some wonderful clear water and no fish!

So, if you spot a fat Heron flying over Hampshire let me know as I need to have serious words with it! I had about a dozen fish in there, from very small ones to quite large ones a bit longer than your hand.

Luckily, I did notice a couple of hours later my biggest Koi had survived! (about a foot in length give or take refraction) He is a big black beast who generally hangs around at the bottom of the pond not doing much, so I presume thats how he got so big.
I'll have to consider what to do now, mainly hunt down the Heron and wreak havoc on it!

* Posted on: Mon, May 9 2005 9:06 AM

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April 2005 


April 22, 2005
Gmail File System for Windows

By LanceW

Finally I have tracked down a windows app that allows you to use your google gmail account (2gb) as part of your systems normal drives.

I've been aware of Linux options for a while and had found some utilities such as filebunker that allowed you to backup to gmail, but finally I've found one that allows you to use gmail easily from windows explorer.

Go to:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/E ... sion.shtml

And you'll be able to download the installer for the system for free, then once installed you will see under "My COmputer" a Gmail Drive at the bottom of the list.
Click on this and it will ask for your login details and then as if by magic an empty 2GB folder will appear which you can fill with files.

ENJOY!

P.s. If you have not yet got a gmail account, do let me know and I can send you an invitation.

* Posted on: Fri, Apr 22 2005 7:38 AM

April 21, 2005
All too quiet

By LanceW

Sorry for the silence folks, have been busy busy busy since I returned from Bath.

I have now secured the services of three people to do my course work assessments with. (thanks folks!) and am presently finalising the paperwork that I need them to fill in.

Also I have been working on the statistics assignment and have this pretty much sorted and the outline for the report written, so it is a matter of "fleshing it out" with actual content now.

Also very busy work-wise, finalising the design for two training room's technical equipment.

Last but not least, my father has been visiting from NZ, so I have been trying to spend sometime with him in the evenings rather than sitting glueed to the computer.

So... expect more posts as the workload declines,

Lance.

* Posted on: Thu, Apr 21 2005 2:18 PM

April 11, 2005
Thoughts on "weight cycling"

By LanceW

Following on from the very good Nutrition & Hydration lectures we had on the FDSc course at Bath, I am thinking about how we might effect a culture change in Judo to better manage weights for weigh-in.

Basically, all the science says that the Judo standard weight loss methods of food and fluid restriction are dumb! That doing it affects the athletes badly and can have serious long-term consequences.

The science bods also suggested that Judoka should prepare at a weight about 2-3 kilo UNDER their existing weight and then try and boost the weight up with Glycogen stores via carbo loading to the upper weight limit.

This has the benefits of making sure the athletes are hydrated and also that their energy stores are at maximum. It's a "no-brainer" that this is what we "should" be doing.
But the big question is how do we ensure this happens? How do we change the culture of our sport?

Ideas anyone?

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 11 2005 3:05 PM

Back to reality

By LanceW

Well, Monday is here and I am back at work after the most amazing two weeks at University of Bath. The course is quite simply the best Judo and/or coaching course I have ever encountered. Despite what some may think (based on my disagreements in regard to the gym session), I have found the views and teachings of all the tutors fantastically valueable. So the hard work starts now, getting those assignments done! I am hoping to redemn myself after completely mucking up my part of the group presentation, sorry team. Luckily, the rest of the guys did so well that we still came out number one.

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 11 2005 8:16 AM

April 8, 2005
Day two - a mixed bag

By LanceW

Day two over and to be honest not a good day. Our computer/stats session was great, a wonderful exercise in analysis. Most folks working on Athens results to discover trends in the numbers. For example average age of heavy weights. As a Kiwi I took the "path less trodden" and instead decided to discover who NZ's best -73kg senior man was. Using South Island, North Island & National champs results. I think I will possibly tie this to the good info on the Judoinside.com site. Sadly though, not a lot of info on us kiwis there. (I used to feature, but no longer)

UPDATE: 8 April 2005

My post here in regard to the gym session has been the subject of great debate and I have received considerable feedback on it. After taking some of the feedback into consideration I am updating the post, as I appreciate my forthright style can raise the hackles of many people.



The gym session by Tony McConnell was in my opinion very bad.

Before writing my original post, I spoke with other course members and with the course administrator. If It had been a case of my simply disagreeing with hium, I would not have posted anything. (We all have opinions and I firmly believe that we should express them)

HOWEVER.... the session in question was very bad, and it was inappropriate for a course of this calibre. I am not a weights expert and if I am out of order I would appreciate someone pointing it out.

That said, only one person I have spoken to has come to Tony's defence in regard to the session itself. Many people have questioned my expressing my opinion so publically on this blog, but virtually no one has actually stated that what I said was wrong, just how I said it.

On this topis, I have appreciated the valid criticisms by those who actually read what I wrote, thought about it and them responded. Sadly not everyone did so, I have to say that those who have commented without reading this blog have annoyed me, two wrongs do not make a right.

--

Basically, the issue is not with Tony, or with much of what he had to share. It was and remains only the weights session that in my opinion was bad and dangerous.

The final two exercises were awful.
Bent arm pullovers and the Cheating dumbell curls, are in my opinion dangerous exercises and to have them taught on a course of this type is dreadful.

Doing these exercises in the upward pyramid system suggested is a recipe for injury.

The final exercise goes against all the science that I have been taught. It involves allowing the quite heavy weights to swing, whilst also asking the player to move there whole body in twisting movements of the spine.

This is dangerous and also goes against the principle of specificity in weight training.

It should not have been taught, in my opinion.



I was embarrassed to stand there and watch whilst standing in an excellent gym full of experiences athletes and gym instructors.



Tony has a valid place on the course, his earlier talks on his history and some of the factoprs of elite performance were great, but I repeat what I wrote in my notebook on the day.



"This man should not be allowed in a gym"



Sorry but I do feel VERY strongly on this one.



* Posted on: Fri, Apr 8 2005 10:47 AM

Day 9

By LanceW

Today all the groups made their presentations, really interesting to see where people went with their presentations. Our Presentation was on "Situations & Solutions". Being what we decided all elite players displayed, an ability to identify & create solutions for contest situations. I really enjoyed working on it as it fitted very well with my personal feelings about a coaches role. Also it relates back to my thoughts on how a modern coach should not be prescribing techniques rather assisting the players to find their "own way". I really enjoyed working with our team, and it felt very much like we worked together on one idea. The other big plus about our presentation was that it was a whole solution which is directly applicable to coaches. The demos we gave I hope showed the practical application of how one might take our concept and use it the dojo. We all await feedback on how we did from Mike & Roy. Interestingly, I think everyone started to look at the presentations in terms of who was number one. You can take the playerr out of competitions but not the competition out of the player! Interestingly, we were the only group that focussed on a single factor. Ah well, enough of that. This evening we have the course dinner at Coombe Grove Manor. Should be a good night out, like any of them havn't been so far!

* Posted on: Fri, Apr 8 2005 7:57 AM

April 7, 2005
Day 8 - "Karaoke!"

By LanceW

The day started with Judo in the Dojo with Roy. Lots going through various modern techniques. Then Graham Randall & Kate Howey took us briefly through their favourite throws. (Sumigaeshi & Morote Gari respectively) Despite having watched, fought (I bounced of the tamami if you must know) and trained with Graham in the past I have never really "learned" his Sumigaeshi before. I wish I had, it very very good. Very smooth, even when I was doing it, honest. :) Kates Morotegari was more than a little too rough for me. Very interesting to watch a throw that we would normally consider "skill less" done at such a elite level. Later we had our final nutrition sessions, getting into energy tracking such as recording your diet and also energy expenditure. All good stuff. The afternoon was spent finalising our group presentation, which I think we are all very confident with now. In the evening we had Randori which was mainly younger players. Some potential there, though perhaps some egos need checking and some players might want to do moree throwing and less grip fighting. Afterwards we went into town for a meal and a few beverages. After we ended up in a local Karaoke bar which was hilarious. I did not sing, not wise with my inability sing in tune. Happily it seems that I was not alone in this affliction and some of the Judo girls attempted to clear the bar with a rendition of "Total eclipse of the Heart" that was to be generous... awful!! I have not laughed so hard in a long time!! Thank you ladies for a fun night out! Thursday is presentations day, ulp! We are last hence my allowing myself to go out so late. Honest. ;)

* Posted on: Thu, Apr 7 2005 12:12 PM

April 5, 2005
Day7

By LanceW

Today was a good day, this morning we had Judo first thing. Later we had more nutrition which was very good. Later we had a session on eating disorders. Interesting and relevant to Judo. So far all the sports scientists have been very VERY concerned about the losing weight we do for weigh-ins. I agree so much! Large culture changes need to take place in our sport. Later, Roy Inman gave some really great insights into being coach at a senior level. Nothing like hearing some real experiences. Lastly we went through some great modern techniques in the dojo. I spent some time training with Daniel Lascau, fantastic. I was a touch worried to start with but I soon realised he is one of those guys that you can train with safely and enjoyably. (well excepting the whole prank with getting me to fall backwards onto a crash mat, which was taken away!). Daniel is a "character" and a huge prankster! A very good day all in all, so much good stuff to take away. A large amount I would love to see incorporated into national systems back home in New Zealand.

* Posted on: Tue, Apr 5 2005 6:06 PM

April 4, 2005
Days 5 & 6 (second attempt)

By LanceW

Back at Bath after a weekend with my Whanau (family). Very sad and very happy to be here all at the same time. Last Friday was a good day with a great lecture on lifestyle management. Today (Monday) has probably been the best day so far. Two good sessions in the Dojo, with World Champions (Adams and Nakamura). Also the first nutrition lecture and a fascinating talk from Kenzo Nakamura about his Judo career and thoughts on Judo. In a cunning ploy, I arranged for Nakamura San to be in the same "flat" as me, so a fascintating "chat" followed Judo. Also did the Randori session, first serious session in quite literally years. Fought pretty well considering my state of fitness and exhaustion. Was fantastic fun. After Randori, we had a few beers in the uni bar. Interesting of course. Interestingly, Nakamura San's translator also lived in the same town as me in Japan. Seemingly I am the New Zealander that went AWOL. Small world Judo eh!? Have our group presentation sorted, just have to sort my individual section for Thursday. Am finding this evening quite lonely now, missing my twins! The course itself has settled and I am very pleased with the quality. It is a terrific opportunity for all of us. I keep feeling that the things I am picking up need Kiwi application. So many great things that we could apply and improve our lot. Ah well, had better get off to bed!

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 4 2005 10:55 PM

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March 2005 


March 31, 2005
Day Four - Science is fab!

By LanceW

Lunchtime now so a quick update on how the morning went. Judo first thing with Neil Adams, not bad, but unclear what the learning outcomes were supposed to be. The second session was a lecture by Debbie Palmer on energy systems. Another good lecture, I love sports science. Shame that their research is not published yet, but will be at Cairo apparently. This afternoon, we continued work on the stats project. Working myself on identifying the NZ #1 -73kg fighter, really interesting especially when trying to factor in things that would affect the outcomes. Specifically, top players being out of NZ competing, and worse then not showing up on international results as they did not place. Also factors like is winning the South Island champs worth the same as the NZ champs or North Island champs. Friday looks good as we have Simon Hicks talking about fight notation methodology and video analysis.

* Posted on: Thu, Mar 31 2005 4:55 PM

March 30, 2005
Day three - Improving

By LanceW

Hi all, Pleased to say that the FDSc course is improving. Today we had an excellent lecture from Debbie Palmer on hydration and on weight loss. Confirming what we all know that the classic dehydration way of making weight is very bad in both the short and longterm for Judoka. The evidence she presented showed clearly the immediate performance degradation (with a quite typical Judoka weight loss through dehydration creating a near 20% decrease in performance in strength and cardiac output. Of course with every high there is a low. Oh crikey the library session hurt!! Bored to the painful level. Neil Adams took the Judo segment, which was interesting-ish. Judo-wise very much what we would expect roll over arm lock etc. But the plus was the personal perspectives which were refreshingly honest. Also his emphasis on skill being paramount for elite Judoka and movement and momentum being key in regard to actual tachi (and ne) waza. Finally, that dodgy Daniel Lascou hid my damn Pizza and worse attempted to interfere with my ingestion of a pint of much needed beer! :)

* Posted on: Wed, Mar 30 2005 9:36 PM

March 28, 2005
Day One Part 2

By LanceW

Well, the second Judo session with Tony McConnell was well okay. Abit much training and not enough teaching for me but kets let time be the judge. I know I am not the only person to share some reservations about todays sessions. Overall, so far the coaches have seemed to agree generally with what I have been saying on judocoach.com. Which is nice, sad in ways that it seems to be being presented as the latest thought in the Judo world. All in all a good opening day, the next few days will decide if it was worth attending I suppose. This evening was the typical Judo evening out. FANTASTIC! Such a diverse group of Judoka all out and having fun! So, the morning brings a Judo session with Roy Inman and Weights with zTony Mcconnell. Hmmm. Then later in the week sessions with Neil Adams and Kenzo Nakamura, should be good. Please emailme your thoughts.

* Posted on: Mon, Mar 28 2005 11:19 PM

Day One

By LanceW

Have now completed the first lecture and Judo session with Roy Inman. Very happy with the lecture, focussing on what elite level coaching is all about. That being to give support and structure to your player. Interesting review of Japanese methods. Judo session was interesting, mainly work on combinations and counters. So combination in the same or similar directions and those in opposite directions. Counters focussing, on those that are reaction based and those that are traps set for the opponent. All good stuff though less interesting as it is repetition of stuff you learn as a player. (Or should learn) All in all good stuff.

* Posted on: Mon, Mar 28 2005 2:29 PM

March 27, 2005
Arrived at Bath

By LanceW

Well, I have arrived and settled into the "Athletes Training Village" here at University of Bath. Not really done much more than get a room and card etc. But am hoping to catch up with some others and head out for a meal. Tommorow the course starts in earnest with four "Sports Performance" sessions with Roy Inman and Tony Macconnell. Am looking forward to it greatly!

* Posted on: Sun, Mar 27 2005 6:20 PM

March 22, 2005
Degree coaching course in Bath

By LanceW

Much to my suprise and joy, I have somehow earned a place on the three year coaching course at University of Bath in association with the European Judo Union!

This is an amazing opportunity for me, the calibre of teaching and fellow students is really impressive and I look forward to seeing if it lives up to my expectations. I do worry a little about the course as I have a deep down worry about the attitude towards coaching by a heck of a lot of people I see doing the job.

I have a 2 week residential block starting on the 28th of March, which is followed by "homework" assignments and another two weeks later in the year. With the same process happening over all three years.

I intend to Blog quite heavily about the course as
1) I think its interesting to the Judo community and
2) It will help me crystalise what I learn.


* Posted on: Tue, Mar 22 2005 10:50 AM

Buddy Buzz

By LanceW

BuddyBuzz.org hosts a wonderful bit of software for your Java enabled phone. I've been using it for a while now and found it really good.

BuddyBuzz is a great bit of software that displays text on your mobile really fast. So you can speed read basically. The rate starts at about 300 words per minute but you can speed it up or down to suit yourself.

There are some interesting articles there automatically, but better you can upload your own text and read that. Recently I read an article about a similar type of service in Japan where you can read books, well this is a great FREE way to do it yourself.

The project seems to be dead/slow/??? but the software is working and easy to use. It seems that hardly anyone is using it, so I thought I'd plug it here a bit. Give it a go!

* Posted on: Tue, Mar 22 2005 10:43 AM

March 16, 2005
iPod shuffle

By LanceW

Just to catch me out, my wife bought me a 1GB iPod shuffle!
So I guess I won't be keeping as many MP3s on my phone now!

The shuffle is tiny!!
So far, I am loving it!!

* Posted on: Wed, Mar 16 2005 2:50 PM

Nokia 9500 - Good first impression

By LanceW

I have recently purchased a Nokia 9500 communicator mobile phone and am really happy with it so far!

As with all new toys I have had a few problems and made a fewe messes but on the whole it has been one of my better purchases.

So what to say about this "beast".
First up, my situation. I have in the past used PDAs but was using a paper based system. I had a SE T610 mobile and an old Rio 300PMP MP3 player.
So the 9500 seemed a good way to do some convergence. I have always liked the idea of the communicator and the addition of 802.11b wireless really clinched it for me. So off I went and got one.

I have mine on Vodafone (although they come open for any network), as part of my goal is/was to get away from O2 who I can say are awful!!

So after initially getting the phone to collect my personal emails I also have it collect my work ones. It was all really simple and works over wifi or GPRS without any hassle.

After some good searching I also have the following apps installed:
AgileMessenger - Which allows me to have instant messaging anywhere!
AutoMail - Which solves the one negative about emails on the 9500. This app, downloads your emails every hour automatically.
BuddyBuzz - Which is a fab speed reading tool!
VNC - So I can see remote desktops

I tried to install Putty for the 9500 so I could SSH into machines, but couldn't get it to work.

There is less software/freeware available for the 9500 than I might like. The series 80 OS is less popular than Series 60, so their is less software.

The 9500 has a solid calender software which I am now happily using.
MP3s can be played, although the interface is a bit ugly and lacking in features. It works perfectly though.
You can also watch videos via Real Player (and some other althernatives) which is handy for Judo videos. My next project is to put some gokyo clips on it.

So... My phone, diary, contacts, emails, instant messages, Music & videos are all available to me anywhere now!

Well worth the effort!!

I shall blog more on this as I progress.

* Posted on: Wed, Mar 16 2005 2:48 PM

March 9, 2005
Fame Academy Addict!

By LanceW

Okay,
I've been keeping this quiet, but I have to come clean!

I am a Fame Academy Addict!!!!!!!!

Primarily because Adrian Edmondson is a comic genius, its all for a good cause so spend a bit a dosh of keeping him in there!!
Vote for him by calling 09011 211 206 OR text "VOTE ADRIAN" to 60077

(UK only)

* Posted on: Wed, Mar 9 2005 9:05 PM

March 7, 2005
1 week coaching programme.

By LanceW

When you get an assignment to coach a team for a week, leading up to a tournament, what can you do in that time?

What you can't do is teach them any new throws. In fact this is often the worst thing you can do as they might be foolish enough to try it in the competition!

You can't just "work them hard" as if they are sore, tired or worse yet injured you have made things worse!

So... what do you do?
Share some different perspectives on Judo, and assist them to develop a "game plan" for the competition. This will hopefully allow the players to teach themselves somethings about their own Judo and also focus them on the competition ahead, building their confidence and feeling of being prepared.

This sort of environment is not the place to be an "instructor" and try and teach the players new exciting techniques you know. You need to put your "coach" hat on and focus on trying to get the players to improve their way of fighting.

In my recent stint with the Royal Navy I shared several ideas and new perspectives all built around the idea of encouraging the players to adopt a simple plan/strategy for each (and every) fight.
The strategy is as follows:

* Bow
* Grip
* Move
* Attack1
* Attack2
* Ne-waza follow-up

It is a simple plan, which is applicable to the mix of levels in attendance. During the week we covered various movement patterns and throwing theories. But the backbone was the strategy above.

Although I demonstrated with primarily Taio, I was not actually ever teaching Taio or any other throw, grip or ne-waza technique. I was trying to expose the team to a variety of methods and styles which they then could adopt.

By adopting a approach of opening up new ideas, we were able to help the players to discover refinements to their existing techniques. These added to what they already had much practise at and hence were not dangerous new techniques they were not overly familiar with.

Ideally, the concepts would be introduced earlier and with more repetition over time. As we discussed during the week, the idea was to get the players to create their own unique sequence of techniques from Grip to Ne-waza. This technique would be second nature to them, so that with 30 seconds on the clock, in a state of exhaustion and possible concussion, they would excecute the strategy almost on auto-pilot.

Obviously over the course of one short week it is not possible to fully embed this idea. But you can plant the seeds whilst some refinements are made to existing technique.
Also, the work on a planned sequence and strategy builds confidence, which is an essential fuel to victory.

So... there you have it.
COmments are as always welcomed!



* Posted on: Mon, Mar 7 2005 2:01 PM

March 6, 2005
Royal Navy Judo

By LanceW

Well folks,
Back after a week at HMS Nelson with the Royal Navy Judo Team. A enjoyable rewarding week with a great bunch of people!

The inter-services competition was held on Saturday and although the Navy team didn't do as well as one might have hoped I was pleased that everyone gave it their all and performed really well!

The training itself focussed on development rather than trying to teach them stuff they already knew. Over the next week I shall write a couple of things on...

1) What we worked on and
2) The abismal referees at the competition!

Finally to the RN Team, many thanks, I really enjoyed getting to know you all and look forward to seeing you again. (Sorry I missed the social!)

Lance

* Posted on: Sun, Mar 6 2005 2:46 PM

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February 2005 


February 26, 2005
A wee test

By LanceW


Who Links Here

* Posted on: Sat, Feb 26 2005 8:08 PM

Politics at its best!

By LanceW

Below is a link to the final speech of MP Brian Sedgemore in parliament on the 23rd of Feb 2005.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/p ... -21_spnew0

A labour MP, who attacks the government and Tony Blair directly as he disagrees with the way the country is heading.

Good on him!!

Here are some highlights:

As this will almost certainly be my last speech in Parliament, I shall try hard not to upset anyone. However...

I am reminded that our fathers fought and died for liberty—my own father literally—believing that these things should not happen here, and we would never allow them to happen here. But now we know better. The unthinkable, the unimaginable, is happening here.

How on earth did a Labour Government get to the point of creating what was described in the House of Lords hearing as a "gulag" at Belmarsh? I remind my hon. Friends that a gulag is a black hole into which people are forcibly directed without hope of ever getting out. Despite savage criticisms by nine Law Lords in 250 paragraphs, all of which I have read and understood, about the creation of the gulag, I have heard not one word of apology from the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary. Worse, I have heard no word of apology from those Back Benchers who voted to establish the gulag.

Have we all, individually and collectively, no shame? I suppose that once one has shown contempt for liberty by voting against it in the Lobby, it becomes easier to do it a second time and after that, a third time.

Many Members have gone nap on the matter. They voted: first, to abolish trial by jury in less serious cases; secondly, to abolish trial by jury in more serious cases; thirdly, to approve an unlawful war; fourthly, to create a gulag at Belmarsh; and fifthly, to lock up innocent people in their homes. It is truly terrifying to imagine what those Members of Parliament will vote for next.I can describe all that only as new Labour's descent into hell, which is not a place where I want to be.

It is a foul calumny that we do today. Not since the Act of Settlement 1701 has Parliament usurped the powers of the judiciary and allowed the Executive to lock up people without trial in times of peace. May the Government be damned for it.

* Posted on: Sat, Feb 26 2005 9:52 AM

February 24, 2005
Last.fm again - Pop-up Radio

By LanceW





Above are links to a pop up radio station based on my musical preferences gleamed from Audioscrobbler/Last.fm.

Experimental, try it an let me know!

Lance

* Posted on: Thu, Feb 24 2005 3:58 PM

Feedburner Tests

By LanceW

I am playing with feedburner, to see what functionality it brings me.


* Posted on: Thu, Feb 24 2005 3:48 PM

My Technocrati Profile link

By LanceW

Technorati Profile

* Posted on: Thu, Feb 24 2005 9:05 AM

February 23, 2005
Developing a "far view"

By LanceW

As most of you will be aware, I am coaching the Royal Navy Judo Squad soon.

It is an interesting project, as it is a mix of skill levels and I don't know them well. So I undertook to do some research on them before I arrived and have been developing my sessions based on what I have found.

Where did I look?

* The Navy Judo Champs
* The 2004 All Japan Champs
* The 2005 Olympic Judo competition
* The recent Judo videos/dvds. (Namely Extreme Judo, Koga and Jeon)

The process of watching the footage was very interesting, when you have to watch this much video over time you take notes and notice quite a bit. Whilst watching the Navy Champs I took notes on each fight and soon found myself repeating the same comments. (which I will keep to myself, sorry)
The same happened watching the other videos, interestingly the comments showed some patterns to me that I think I would have missed otherwise.

How does that relate to developing sessions?
Well, reviewing the Navy Champs helped a heck of a lot in terms of identifying patterns in Judo style, technique, attitude etc. When comparing that to say Suzuki winning the All Japans you really see the differences.
These differences I noticed were not so much in technique, but in application and "feel".

Knowing these differences, it helps me develop sessions that address these subtle areas. Areas that I would most likely not have noticed had I not prepared by watching hours of Judo, with my finger on PAUSE and the other hand scribbling notes.

It really reminded me that as a coach I need to take a "far view" as well as a close view of players. I need to see them in context with their peers and as in this example, those well above them.
Having this far view, you can identify the areas where your player(s) can develop. Especially outside the scope of technique.

Technique Teaching Versus Coaching
Where I am heading (returning) is to the idea that we must differentiate between coaching and instructing.
I can/could/might go to the Navy training and try and "teach" them some technique I think will help them. Or teach then Suzukis amazing Hiza Guruma or Koga's Seoi or Jeon's Gripping strategies.

BUT....

With good preparation I think I'll try and coach them on the aspects of their Judo that my "Far view" revels to me. I can draw them along the train of thought I have and they can make improvements based on this.

I in effect do nothing, they do it themselves. I don't teach them something, I help them learn something. This is COACHING!

So what are the Navy getting?
I couldn't possibly tell you! :)

* Posted on: Wed, Feb 23 2005 11:56 AM

February 20, 2005
Audioscrobbler info

By LanceW

I am having a little play with Audioscrobbler.com and www.last.fm so far really interesting.

Try my personal radio station if you like.


* Posted on: Sun, Feb 20 2005 6:01 PM

February 15, 2005
Book Published!!

By LanceW

Not mine unfortunately, but I am very pleased to announce that my step-father-in-law's book has been published!




* Posted on: Tue, Feb 15 2005 6:38 PM

Running Club Website

By LanceW

I have thrown together a small web page for the running club.

It is at: http://www.judocoach.com/running/

Let me know what you think!

* Posted on: Tue, Feb 15 2005 6:38 PM

February 9, 2005
Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!!

By LanceW

I am really pleased to be really sore this morning!

Last night the Running Club had it's first run together.
There were 10 people in the group and they dragged my sorry butt 3.8 miles around the village! (In 47 minutes !)

So this morning my legs are expressing their disatisfaction at not being allowed to sit in front of the TV last night! Nothing injury feeling, just good old fashioned "you've worked me hard!" ache.

It is interesting that the distance I ran is much more than I have run to date, yet it felt only slightly harder. The power of a group to carry you along. Fantastic!

I am going to try and go out again on Friday, hopefully with a bit more comfort!

Can't wait till next Tuesdays run!


* Posted on: Wed, Feb 9 2005 11:36 AM

February 7, 2005
Running CLub is GO!

By LanceW

After Saturdays meeting with about a doxen poeple attending the Fair Oak & Horton Heath Running Club is now of the drawing board and into reality!

We all decided to meet once a week, any one from the village is welcome.

Meetings are:
Tuesdays, 7PM
At the Pavilion on Pavilion Close (by Wyvern College)

I suspect we will split into 2 groups, one for experienced people and one for people like me just getting into running properly. There is a broad mix of ages, genders and ability levels, so everyone should find their level we hope.

Having got it this far, I will actually have to follow through and go running now!!!

I only have one more comment at this point, "OH Grief, what have I done!!"

Lance

* Posted on: Mon, Feb 7 2005 4:48 PM

February 4, 2005
Judo is Honesty article

By LanceW

I am not 100% happy with this piece, consider it a work in progress perhaps.

The link below is to a PDF file describing that moment when you take a grip with someone on the Judo mat and instantly know what level they are at and if you are better or worse than them.

Judo is Honesty!

Please email me any comments,

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 4 2005 10:38 PM

Judo coaching programmes are not so awful?

By LanceW

As a result of my prevuos post I have had some great discussions on the subject of Coaching programmes in Judo.

(some of which can be seen at http://judoforum.com/index.php?s=e4c704 ... topic=3889 on the wonderful judoinfo.com website )

My intentionally inflammatory comments have resulted in some good comments highlighting the improvements being made to the BJA system and elsewhere. I am still interested in everyones comments, so email away!

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 4 2005 11:55 AM

Should we pull out of the Olympics?

By LanceW

The Huardian has a piece on the state of Athens post the Olympics, that makes some interesting reading.

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/london2012/ ... .html?=rss

I have had this discussion before, but perhaps Judo should pull out of the Olympic movement untill the Olympic movement comes back to its ideals.

It sounds like Athens got very little from holding the Olympics. Judo got very little from what I have seen from it.

From a Judo perspective, I hate the fact that smaller countries have to qualify to fight. The quota system is awful, 1 person from Oceania per category (or something like that).
So we end up with only the big countries and the best players. No chance for the suprise upset win by the unknown. No great Olympic moment for someone from a small country to represent their country.

I personaly think it is a disgrace that professional athletes like Andre Agassi & Michael Jordan have been allowed to go to the Olympics when people I know personally can't. Every country should be allowed to send it's best players, even if they get beaten in every fight!

Thoughts all?

* Posted on: Fri, Feb 4 2005 11:33 AM

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January 2005 


January 31, 2005
Coaching programmes are awful!

By LanceW

I have been chatting to people about coaching standards and it has ended up on more than one occasion with me fuming about how cr*p coaching programmes are in Judo (and elsewhere I am sure).

As many of you will know I amd both a coach in New Zealand and in the UK (BJA Senior Club Coach). And I have to state first off that the NZ system is better (or at least was when I was last there) than the UK one.

I remember attending a coaching course in Manchester run by the BJA. It was great fun! I fought Udo Quellmaltz and got Neil Adams to throw me with his Taio Toshi! I learnt stuff from Neil, Udo and some others, excellent stuff!
Then they basically re-ratified everyones coaching qualification, which was the point of the weekend.

Sounds good, but hold the phone, where was the coaching?!?!?!?!

Perhaps we were supposed to learn by osmosis or example, I don't know. But I did not come away from the event having learned anything but the latest tricks/techniques/styles of the chosen instructors.

Did I have a fuller understanding of the processes that people I might coach would go through when learning a technique? Did I now know a little more about child protection?
Had I been exposed to the latest scientific research on what stretches to do or to avoid?
Did anyone once talk about how the BJA considered you should teach Judo?

The answer to all the above is NO!

And that is my issue. National bodies need to be more involved in promoting good methods rather than good Judo techniques. Knowing how Udo did his Taio was valkuable to me as a player, but unless the perscribed sylabus in clubs is to mimic Udo then it was a waste of time!

In recent conversation I have mentioned the lack of quality child protection processes in Judo. Are all the coaches working with kids in the BJA police checked first annually?
Are they even made aware of the risks they face?
The same goes for health and safety issues. I once taught in a local council Judo club, where their official health and safety documentation prohibitted "horseplay" and "rough housing" along with many other things. Which actually meant that anyone teaching Judo there was technically infringing on the policy and as such was legally in a bad BAD place!

Although it is each instructor/coaches responsibility to personally be up to date with all these things. It is the national coaching programme that should ensure that this actually happens.

They don't, it is awful, It annoys me, enough said!

lance

* Posted on: Mon, Jan 31 2005 12:41 PM

January 28, 2005
Judo for Parents

By LanceW

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say I have created a small "Judo for Parents" page on the website. Basically it is just a host page for my soon to be completed book/eBook.

"Judo for Parents", is a guide I have been writing for parents of children who want to or have started Judo. Unlike everything else I have seen out there it is aimed at the parent and is not a "this is how to do Judo book".

The book covers the basics of:
What is Judo, its history, etc.
What to expect from a club
What to expect at a competition or grading
What do do when Johnny/Julie gets hurt
What are the principles of Judo etc.

I shall soon have either a final draft or the finished version available for electronic and hopefully paper publishing! I am happy to share some early drafts with people as long as you don't mind giving feedbakc and potrentially some quotes.

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Jan 28 2005 3:04 PM

January 26, 2005
0900 service

By LanceW


AlloPass, micropayment for all Webmasters !
The banner above takes you to the quite clever AlloPass service.
It allows virtually anyone to setup micropayemnts via their website.



* Posted on: Wed, Jan 26 2005 12:03 PM

January 25, 2005
NZ Flag Petition!

By LanceW

Go to this site, fill in the petition, do it, NOW!

PETITION

Why are you still here? Go fill in the petition!

* Posted on: Tue, Jan 25 2005 8:45 AM

January 24, 2005
Motivation Judo published

By LanceW

My Article on motivation aimed at business, based on Judo methods has been published in The Aziz Corporation's newsletter E-Communiqué.

Here is a Link to it, should you fancy reading the final version.

E-Communiqué

* Posted on: Mon, Jan 24 2005 5:30 PM

January 22, 2005
Woodworking classes from school have paid off!

By LanceW

Well, the workworking classes my parents paid extra for when I was about 12 have paid off!

Today I built a bannister in my house, which included copious chiselling and use of a mallet. WOOT!

Ayywho, here are some piccies of my creation. (Please do not critique!)



* Posted on: Sat, Jan 22 2005 7:32 PM

January 21, 2005
Running Vs. Walking (FUN)

By LanceW

The link below takes you to a piece on the effectiveness of Running versus Walking as a form of exercise. Particularly interesting to me as I have just started trying to get back into running recently.

Enjoy!

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/050121.html

* Posted on: Fri, Jan 21 2005 11:31 AM

Short Judo promo video

By LanceW

I came across the following video file I made some time ago as part of a project I was working on. I felt then and still feel today that it shows more of what we want/need to be presenting to the media.

JUDO PROMO CLIP

It is modern, exciting a bit scifi.
I am not saying this is the absolute image we should be selling, but it is a seriously different one to the way we saw at Athens or Sydney. More in line with the Europa Cup video.

Anyway, it was just me playing about, but thought you might enjoy it!

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Jan 21 2005 12:52 AM

January 19, 2005
Donations

By LanceW



Please consider making a small donation if you have found anything on my judocoach.com website useful, it would help keep the site online.

* Posted on: Wed, Jan 19 2005 9:38 PM

Wheres my....?

By LanceW

I was looking through my wardrobe last night and looking at my Judogi.I was suddenly thinking wheres my Blue Coke Gi?

Years ago at a trial for Blue Gi for the IJF, Coca-Cola via Elephant (the manufacturer), via the IJF provided blue suits to all the compeditors so everyone would have one, to see how blue suits worked in compedtitions.

I had one, and brought it with me to the UK, but where is it now?

So.... if anyone spots a faded blue suit with "Coca-Cola" embroidered on the sleeves do let me know.

Lance


* Posted on: Wed, Jan 19 2005 3:30 PM

January 11, 2005
DRAFT article on Motivation

By LanceW

The text below is a draft of an article I am writing on motivation, any comments/corrections would be appreciated.


====


Motivation Judo

By Sensei Lance Wicks

Intro
Judo is a Martial Art and Sport born of the ancient fighting arts of Feudal Japan, is also and arguably most importantly a “way” of doing things Judo players are recognised as highly motivated individuals, few would argue that the famous British fighters Brian Jacks and Neil Adams were not well motivated. Neil Adams was considered one of the fittest (read hardworking) athletes on the Olympic squad, whilst Brians’ “Superstars” records still stand today.

Goals, Focus, Encouragement and rewards are generally regarded as the primary factors affecting motivation. We shall explore these four areas, how Judo successfully harnesses these factors and how you can do the same.

Goals
Most of us are familiar with goal setting and goal setting methodologies such as SMART, SCORE and the IGS calculation. These methods all tell us that we need big objectives, broken into smaller realistic quantifiable goals. In Judo the obvious example is the coveted “Black Belt”. Reaching your black belt is done by first getting your white, yellow, orange, blue, then brown belts.

Focus
Being able to stay focussed on the smaller goals and the bigger objective is essential to motivation and performance. Judo clubs promote a culture that encourages focus. Classes start with formalises bowing and training can often consist of practising the techniques required for the next belt. The focus on the goals/belts drives the activity of repeating techniques in classes.

Encouragement
As a Judo coach, my job often consists of nothing more than shouting. I know from experience and from scientific research that encouragement improves motivation. A 2002 study found that a significant improvement on motivation and performance can be achieved in subjects running on a treadmill simply be encouraging them verbally every 20-30 seconds.

Rewards
Judo is full of rewards. We get medals at competitions, belts, certificates, team selections, etc. We get invited to attend “advanced classes” or to compete in prestigious events. Less tangible rewards are there also; throwing someone on their back is always better than being thrown yourself.

Applying these Judo methods to motivation can assist you in getting the most from your team or from yourself.

Do you have a “big objective”? Is it clear and understood? Have you created smaller goals that take you to your big objective? What is your “Black Belt”, what “belt” are you working for right now?

Does your team have a culture that encourages you to focus on the goals? In Judo beginners are encouraged to train with Black Belts. This serves two purposes, one it reminds the beginner what the big objective is by “feeling” what it is like to be thrown by a Black Belt. It also allows the Black Belt to help the beginner towards the smaller goal by working with them on the techniques required. Do your Black Belts help your yellow belts?

Who is shouting at you? How often are you encouraging those around you? In Japanese Judo clubs, the highest graded player will often shout “FIGHT ON!” (In Japanese of course) to a responding guttural shout from all if they feel motivation/energy is slipping. This Japanese example also highlights that encouragement is required not only from above, but from peers and subordinates as well.

Lastly, who in your team has earned a black belt? Have they been awarded it in a big ceremony with corresponding certificate? Did someone else earn a blue belt with a similar but lesser ceremony? Were the two linked to highlight that one leads to the other?

The “DO” in Judo is translated into English as “way of doing”. If you can bring some Judo into your team the improvements in motivation and performance will become apparent. Having a goal based, focused, rewarding, encouraging “way of doing” things in your team will generate black belts of your own.

HAJIME!!! (Begin) and Arigato (thanks)


* Posted on: Tue, Jan 11 2005 12:29 PM

January 6, 2005
Transport Direct

By LanceW

TRANSPORT DIRECT

Transport direct is a interesting site/project.
The aim is to make available all the travel information options into a single site, for easy comparision.

It looks quite useful, although it is still in Beta test mode.

Try it out.

Lance

* Posted on: Thu, Jan 6 2005 2:45 PM

Navy Judo weekend cancelled

By LanceW

Sadly, I have just discovered that the weekend training session with the Navy Judo Squad this month has now been cancelled.

The week-long training in Feb/March is still going ahead however, so I look forward to attending that and helping prep the team for the inter-services competition that follows it.

So...
If anyone has anything they want me to do the weekend of January 22 & 23 shout out now!

* Posted on: Thu, Jan 6 2005 12:16 PM

January 3, 2005
Online bookmarks

By LanceW

Hi all,

I am sure many of you have had the same problem as me, too many website to keep track of in too many places. In my case I have a problem with my links at home and those I have at work.

Today I have been trying del.icio.us and foxylicious as a solution and find it quite good.

Basically, del.icio.us is a social bookmarks site, which allows you to put links to websites online. Foxy, then syncs these links into your browsers bookmarks.

So...
using the javascript link I add links to del.icio.us then with foxy they sync to both my weork and home pcs. sorted.

http://dietrich.ganx4.com/foxylicious/
http://del.icio.us/lancew

* Posted on: Mon, Jan 3 2005 2:09 AM

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