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January 2006 

January 20, 2006
Non ex transverso sed deorsum

By LanceW

Non ex transverso sed deorsum


* Posted on: Fri, Jan 20 2006 2:15 PM

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December 2005 

December 16, 2005
Thanks (former) team!

By LanceW

Last night I shared a few drinks with my former colleagues from The Aziz Corporation. It was great to see you again, we must do it again. Did remind me that although leaving the sinking ship was good for me, others are stuck there still. What would be great right now would be a service where I could find jobs for these people. Maybe a service that allowed me to introduce my friends to companies? Anyway, great evening, flee my comrades FLEE!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 16 2005 2:20 PM

December 9, 2005
Final Meonstoke sessions.

By LanceW

Well last night was our final sessions for the year. After a nice light session of fun and games and ne-waza randori; I "tested" each student by making them throw me!! A ball was had by all. One of my learning experiences from doing theseb two back to back sessions with such a young age group is feeling how hard it is to both repeat what you teach accurately and also how much energy you burn up alternating almost every 2 minutes. great fun though! Thanks to everyone, all the kids, to the parents and the teachers. Thanks also to Joyce and the BJA for getting this class started!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 9 2005 1:34 PM

KES Final session and competition!

By LanceW

To finish the term & year we had a light fun session which concluded with a ne-waza (groundwork) competiton to end. Well, it was spirited and Here are the results! 1st Anna Kukla 1st Liam Kiessling 2nd Zoe Cousins 3rd Michael Ellis 4th Rose Grover Thanks all, you did really well.

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 9 2005 1:15 AM

December 2, 2005
Meonstoke Judo - Week 5

By LanceW

This is sadly the last full session at the school. We covered O Soto Gari & Kami Shiho Gatame. Next week, being the last week, I have some plans bubbling to make it a bit special. Several people have asked about a club, which to the best of my knowledge there is not one. So... I may look into starting one.

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 2 2005 2:45 PM

KES Judo - 30th Nov 2005

By LanceW

On Wednesday we prepared for next weeks end of term "bash". Like last term we shall be ending this term with an internal competition. So this week we covered the bows, procedures and goals of the sport of Judo. We discussed the objectives of the sport, namely to throw your partner on their back for Ippon. I related this back to the ethics of sport and using much of the ideas from our ethics lectures in Bath, I explained how it is all "make believe" so we choose to play a game within the made up rules. We then had plenty of Randori. Ready for next weeks fights!

* Posted on: Fri, Dec 2 2005 2:42 PM

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November 2005 

November 29, 2005

By LanceW

For some reason, I've never blogged much about my growing addiction to running. As some awill know I started running in February after forming a running club. Why form a club? Because I respond well to peer pressure to motivate me. So I started a running club, and since then I have run at least once a week, every week. My mileage started at 1-3 miles, running for a minutee, walking for a minute. Now I am averaging in the region on 15-18 miles or more. I have never liked running. I used to run when I competed to work on fitness and never enjoyed it. I have to say that I do enjoy running now, scary! The club helped a lot, it is so much easier to get going when you have others there. But increasingly now I even enjoy the solo runs. I shall try and write more after tonights club run.

* Posted on: Tue, Nov 29 2005 1:08 PM

November 27, 2005
What's on my mobile.

By LanceW

Hi, I have been using my Nokia 9500 as my main "PC" for quite a few months now. So I thought I would write a post on the topic along with a list of whats on there and why, etc. So, whats it like? Well, it's good. EMail where ever I am all that good stuff. Pretty much everything is on there. The one thing I still don't really do on it is my calendar and to do. I still find the ol' pen and paper easier. What is on my Phone: * Miles Bourne An electronic version of an old French card game. Fun. * Fit4life A electronic fitness testing application. To be fair I have not used it more than a couple of times. * Buddy Buzz A serial reader, allows you to read very fast. It is a beta and seems neglected now. * Frodo A commodore 64 emulator. I basically have this on there to play/show "Uchi Mata" * Automail Steve Litchfields great utility to pull email automatically. Used it a lot to start with. * Timelog Another OPL creation by Steve. I don't actually use it at all, keep it there though *jMirc A Java IRC client, don't use it much. Should really. * YFTP This is a terrific FTP client, allows me to access websites to update etc. * YEDIT A text editor, I use it in conjunction with YFTP to update websites. * Mobireader eBook reader, I only use it for those books that specifically require it. * AgileMessenger Instant messaging client, (MSN,AIM,ICQ,Google,Y!). * Perl Terrific, Perl has just recently been ported to series 80. Not using it for much yet. * SFcave Game, one button, good fun. * Vexed Terrific game, addictive! * OPL _THE_ language for programming on series 80. * iDesk A terrific alternative to the standard nokia desktop. Includes password register and a utility to reboot your phone. * eProfiles Great utility that extends the profiles on your phone. The best thing is the ability to schedule when the profiles activate. *eRecorder From the same folks as above. Allows you to use the voice recorder more easily. * Hotspot Finder Yet another Psiloc application. This one scans for WiFi networks. *SMS Assistant Allows you to forward or reply to calls and/or SMS messages automatically. *eBook My preferred ebook reader. *OGGPlay It along with included codecs allow you to play OGG files rather than MP3's *VNC So I can remote control PCs * Putty SSH client. So I can get to the console on my Linux boxes and so forth. * PGP Encryption tool * TomTom GPS navigation software, GREAT! Especially since getting the John Cleese voice for it! I use the built in email client and web browser a lot. I'll try and add links and also more info on hows and whys soon. Lance

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 27 2005 10:16 PM

November 24, 2005
Meonstoke Weeks 3 & 4

By LanceW

Again, been slack updating the blog, so two weeks in one here.

Week III
This week we covered covered Judo as a sport.

We did O Goshi (hip throw) as our throw and did Kesa Gatame as our hold.

Week IV
This week we didn't learn any new throws, we learn about the training methods of Judo. We talked about Shiai (competition), Kata (Formal demonstration), Randori (free practise), and Uchi Komi (repetition without throwing).

I brought my Japanese drum music with me and we all did uchi komi to music again it helped with the important requirements for Judo; timing and rhythm.

Great fun had by all, including me. Especially during what seems to be the whole worlds favourite game, Judo Bulldogs!

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:31 PM

KES Sessions

By LanceW

Hi all,
Been rather slack updating the BLOG, sorry. So here are the entries about the session from last week and this one.

Last Wednesday
On Wednesday we explored "Rythmic Judo". Basically inspired by the sport acrobatics pictures in the hall and the Gymnastics instructions on the wall I wanted to introduce some of the choreographed Judo most of us have seen.

This I have not done since I left Edinburgh. At the old RCP Judo club under Jim & Shiela, we used to a parents night. On this night we did a bunch of demonstrations. So, this week at King Edward VI's the students did the same sort of thing.

It all went well and we saw some very interesting displays!
Well done everyone!

This Wednesday
This week, I brought along a CD of Japanese drum music.

We discussed training methods and focussed on Uchi Komi, and specifically static Uchi Komi and doing it to the music.

During our session I introduced the throw Uchi Mata, done in various methods as Uchi Komi. Everyone seemed to pick it up quickly which is nice. We did the "Dinky-do Dinky-Da" uchi mata, which I use. I like this method as A)it involved a silly name and B)it forces students to develop a well balanced posture whilst holding someone on their back. Then they need to hold their balance whilst taking their feet of the ground (one foot at a time of course), whilst still holding their partner on their back/hips.

We, at the end of the session, did a little self-defence. Defending a headlock/choke from behind you. We discussed the importance of not getting into dangerous situations, running away being the best thing to do. We also discussed the importance of having control, both of your body and of the situation.

It was interesting how introducing music helped people develop a rythym for their Uchi Komi.

Till next week.

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:23 PM

November 12, 2005
Meonstoke, Week II

By LanceW

Well, this week, both classes were busy again, terrific!

This week we talked about the history of Judo, about it's origins in Japan in 1882 and also about the 1964 Olympics, Anton Geesink and also the Cairo Worlds and Craig Fallons gold.
All to promote the diversity and diffusion of Judo throughout the world.

Technique-wise we learnt Ippon Seoi Nage this week and Yoko Gatame.

And of course everyone enjoyed "Judo Bulldogs"


* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:20 AM


By LanceW


Wednesday just been, the main thing we focussed on was Tomoe Nage.
Everyone did really well, picking it up really well.

I am really pleased!

* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:17 AM

November 6, 2005
Work changes...

By LanceW

Well as of Friday I no longer work for The Aziz Corporation/ Khalid Aziz.


* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:13 PM

Meonstoke Infant School - Fantastic

By LanceW

As soe of you have been aware, I have been doing more coaching/teaching in Schools.

The latest assignment has been to run a 6 week course at Meonstoke Infant School.

Interest was so high that we are now running two sessions one after another on Thursday afternoons.

The first one was this Thursday just been and Ihad a ball, a great bunch of children who seemed to enjoy it. A lot younger than I have taught for quite a while. (4-5 years-ish), a real challenge to revert back to methods for kids after having been doing Adults and older children.

All that chopping and changing is draining, as was having just completed one session and then repeating it immediately afterwards. A real test of how well I have the session planned, as it is important to me that both sessions receive the same content with the same enthusiam!

As well as a general introduction to what Judo is, we learnt our first throw and holds. (Tai Otoshi & Mune Gatame.)

Looking forward to next week.

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:12 PM

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October 2005 

October 31, 2005
Serenity... brilliant film!

By LanceW

Hi All,

I watched Serenity last night, what a terrific film!
I wish the Star Wars prequels had been as good as this was. Heck! Malcolm Reynolds in Serenity could have been Han Solo in a prequel.

If you have not seen Serenity go see it before it leaves the cinema. ALso make sure you get out there and buy the boxset of the Firefly series!

One of the great things about the film is the way it handles the aborted TV series, you can watch the film without having watched the series and vice versa. You can watch the movie then watch the series.


* Posted on: Mon, Oct 31 2005 9:23 PM

October 27, 2005
MightyTV - worth a look.

By LanceW

DO take a look at the mighTyV website powered by BBC Backstage. Still looking it over, looks good though.

try it here

* Posted on: Thu, Oct 27 2005 10:10 PM

October 26, 2005
Good Book - Accelerando

By LanceW

I have just finished reading Accelerando by Charles Stross.

This is a Sci Fi / Futurist book that is a really good read. Takes a bit of effort to read as the terminology and concepts can bit quite tiring, but well worth the effort.

It is a great perspective on a possible future. He is based in Edinburgh I see, shame I didn't know that (or of course about his work) when I lived there.

If you enjoy people like Cory Doctorow, you'll like this one.

P.s. It is available in electronic format.

* Posted on: Wed, Oct 26 2005 11:25 AM

October 25, 2005
KES - Judo Competition

By LanceW

Last week, in the final session before this weeks half-term break, we held a small tournament; here are the results:

* Ladies Champion - Isobel Stone
* Year 2 champ - Michael Ellis
* Light weight male champion - Barney Dobson
* Open weight male champion - Liam Kiessling

Well done everyone, at the end of term we shall be holding another competition and then we shall also hopefully hold a grading also.

So... this week we have a break and are back next Wednesday.

See you then!

* Posted on: Tue, Oct 25 2005 8:23 PM

October 18, 2005
Short venom filled words aimed at a machine!

By LanceW


The past day+ has consisted of me working on a bizarre network fault, I have the urge to swear like a sailor at a inanimate object, does that make me a bad person.

Windows 2000 server, DNS, does not work. Simple really. Well it would be if it didn't work consistently!

Back down to the freezer, bye!

(any MSCE Windows 2000 gurus wanna lend a hand let me know!)

* Posted on: Tue, Oct 18 2005 3:33 PM

October 14, 2005
A quick review of the new Judo for Juniors DVD

By LanceW

This is a quick two minute review of the new DVD from Fighting Films "Coaching Judo to Juniors".

I watched a majority of it the other night and below are my comments on what is a great addition to Fighting Films' catalogue.

First things first, I am biased on this one okay. I was fortunate enough to visit Simon Hicks' home at the end of the commentary recording process, where Brent Cooper a fellow Kiwi was recording the Japanese translation.

The disc is basically a highlights reel of some of the teaching ideas of three people, which were displayed/showcased at the IJF congress in Rio.

It is fantastic to see the IJF working so proactively with these skilled coaches and Fighting Films to produce something specifically targetted at the "bread and butter" of Judo, teaching Kids. Keep up the good work and I want more DVDs of this type!

The highlight for me was "Rory's View" of coming to Judo for the first time.
This was basically filming at a childs height walking into a typical Dojo. I believe this section was Peter Gardiner's creation and having lived in Scotland, the initial "bad" dojo scene was really familiar to me from visiting clubs in Scotland and to be fair clubs everywhere!

Peter has a definate style and in the "Good" dojo example it was really apparent that making sure a club is "professional" in its presentation is really important.

Most of the DVD is short sections where one of the three instructors shows one of his ideas. Like teaching Ukemi with hula hoops, Peters warm-up games and so forth.

All of which are really cool!

It all feels a bit gimicky and personally I don't like this introducing footballs and hula hoops and lord knows what else into a Judo Club. Lets let the Judo be the fun thing not (as is quoted on the DVD by a kid asked what the best thing about Judo was) "playing football before the class". Warning bells rang on that comment, there is IMHO no point retaining kids who like coming to a Dojo to play football. Else we might as well start teaching football.

A couple of things that grated after a while was Peter & John asking kids names everytime they spoke to one. Geez, I get the point, but when in the context of the DVD it gets old fast!
That said, the principle I think is 100% right. Names are really important and knowing and using them is a big plus. (It is also a skill I struggle with)

In general I think that the DVD is a great reference for a coach/instructor looking for a couple of possibly new ideas, but it falls very short of being a "must have" for coaches.
I would have liked to see more information, more researched opinions, more structures and principles.

What the disk does give is a view of three very different approaches to teaching kids.

Peter's is very much about presentation for example where as Franco's is very personal, quiet and uses lots of props. But all we see is a couple of their favourite "tricks". I'd have liked to have had more interviews and opinion or explanation of approach and theories.

All in all, I think anyone serious about coaching kids should own a copy of the disk, however there are several other resources I'd look at before buying the DVD. Buy some books, surf the web and you will find more insightful and informed reference, then buy the DVD and enjoy seeing a showcase of the Rio sessons with a few bonuses.

So in summary a great step in the right direction, a DVD to own of course but 101 ippons would be higher on your shopping list along with books like Soames' Junior Judo are a better resource for actual help.

* Posted on: Fri, Oct 14 2005 9:30 AM

KES - Session 4 (Autumn Term 2005)

By LanceW

This weeks class was nice and busy! Everyone is doing so well!

This week we worked on Tachi-Waza (throwing techniques), specifically Uchi Mata and O Soto Gari.

We started by doing a balance exercise, hopping on one leg from one corner of the mat (tatami) to the other bent in half at the waist with arms out wide and one leg out straight behind us.
We went forwards and backwards and also did it with a partners leg entwinned with ours and "hugging" each other.

These exercises build the essential balance on one leg that we need for both Uchi Mata & O Soto Gari. Which we then practised and everyone picked up quite quickly.

Half term is almost upon us, and with it the first school Judo competition, should be good! It will be groundwork (ne waza) only and I expect a great battle for first place!

* Posted on: Fri, Oct 14 2005 9:00 AM

October 11, 2005
What is your blog worth?

By LanceW

My blog is worth $1,129.08.
How much is your blog worth?

No really that is apparently the value of my blog, believe it or not. Try testing yours.

* Posted on: Tue, Oct 11 2005 9:23 AM

October 10, 2005
Great South Run

By LanceW

Some of you will be aware that I started a running club this year, so will also know that I entered and have been quietly training for the Great South Run in Portsmouth.

Well Sunday was the day and off I set to complete the ten mile road race with 16,000 other people around the streets and docks of Portsmouth.

I am pleased to say that I finished the race in one hour thirty five minutes!
Which is much faster than I had set as my target time (2:00 hours) or my unofficial (in my head) time of 1:45. So I am pretty pleased with myself today, sore, but happy!

I took my GPS with me and a miniature digital camera, so every mile I took a quick photo. I shall be looking and posting these tonight.

UPDATE: Just checked the great south website and it tells me that my position out of 16,000 entries is 6138!! Woot!

* Posted on: Mon, Oct 10 2005 2:16 PM

October 7, 2005

By LanceW

After hearing lots about SecondLife and not being able to use it due to my main PCs running WindowsME and Linux, I finally caved and started using a XP Laptop.

Cory Doctorow and others are often talking about SecondLife, I was dieing to give it a go. I like the idea of a virtual world minus the game elements. (I have played various online games in the past and the gaming element bores me after a while)

So, I tried it, should I say am trying it. Bit slow on the laptop I am using. I have my eyes on a beasty eversham laptop which would probably solve the problem. But thats an aside.

Who here spends time in SecondLife? Anyone? In the system I am "Akage Doctorow" so look me up and say hi! If so what do you do there? Does anyone who read this do this wild make money in Secondlife and convert it into real money? Talk to me people!

Those of you interested here is a link to download the client and get started, did I mention it is now free! (Link HERE).


* Posted on: Fri, Oct 7 2005 3:23 PM

Management structures

By LanceW

Hello all,

I was looking at my website and am planning to add some content to the management section and am seeking some input from you on what team structures you have worked under and how effective they have been.

This includes both sporting & work environments please.

Please email me any comments to

* Posted on: Fri, Oct 7 2005 12:55 PM

KES - Session 3 (Autumn Term 2005)

By LanceW

It was good to see a nice full mat this week, even with several regulars being away on a school trip.

Again our focus was on groundwork, I have a ne-waza competition scheduled for the session before half-term, hence the priority, that and its fun of course!

We talked about the scores in Judo. Ippon for a big really good throw, or for holding them down for 25 seconds. Wazari for a throw that is not so great or holding from 20-24.9999999 seconds.
We spoke about how two Wazari equals an Ippon. We then practised doing one of our throws (Tai Otoshi or Ippon Seoi Nage) into a hold. So that if the throw was only a Wazari, we are straight into a hold for 20 seconds (wazari) which adds to the initial wazari and hey presto Ippon!

We also spoke about Professor Kano. We spoke about how Judo was formed by him and the differences between Judo and other martial arts. We talked about the original Kodokan and about how Judo is spread across the globe. This culminated in why I insist we bow to the portrait of professor Kano to show respect for what he created and how we all benefit from it.


* Posted on: Fri, Oct 7 2005 10:38 AM

October 6, 2005

By LanceW

The above link takes you to, a terrific little AJAX web application.

What does it do?
It makes it dead easy for you to mark off all the films in the IMDB top 250, and of course share that with the world via fancy buttons like the one above. Which seems to be saying I need to watch quite a few films!

Take a look and enjoy!

* Posted on: Thu, Oct 6 2005 10:13 AM

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September 2005 

September 30, 2005
Online Instant messaging - Mainly dead.

By LanceW

My installation of GAIM (which I use to access MSN, AIM, ICQ etc) is dead.
So my online presence is limited mainly to Skype and Googlle Talk at the moment.

Just in case you were wondering.

* Posted on: Fri, Sep 30 2005 11:26 AM

New additions to my website - Instructing.

By LanceW

Hi all,

my poor old website is so neglected now days. Does anyone remember when I added to it all the time?

Well... believe it or not I have made a couple of additions recently. I have written a couple of pages on instructing (HERE). Quickly typed so forgive typos etc.

Also, my friend Robin (Hi!) has been beavering away and has managed to send me a translation of some of the German games I've had for years! I want to add them tothe site too in the very near future.

All this may however be put on hold, whilst I consider throwing a quick database together to hold the games, exercises, drills, etc. Of course it'll be web-based so that you can all access it.
So.... any thoughts on what a database of Judo games should look like? What fields do we need? If I can do this right it would make it very easy indeed for everyone to add to the list of games and for people to find the games easier, the existing layout is A)Old and B)not easy to use so I really should get this done.

* Posted on: Fri, Sep 30 2005 11:24 AM

September 28, 2005

By LanceW

Hi all,
I have been looking at today and was wondering if anyone has used it before or heard about it? Any opinions?



* Posted on: Wed, Sep 28 2005 12:13 PM

September 23, 2005
KES - Session 2 (Autumn Term 2005)

By LanceW

The class was a little fuller this week, nice and busy.

After a little groundwork (ne-waza) randori we worked on Ippon Seoi Nage (one armed shoulder throw) which everyone got nice and quickly.

Everyone's handstands were better this week, I suspect some practising has been taking place!

Looking forward to next week, the main focus of the session will be on Ne-Waza techniques. Specifically Yoko Gatame and Kami Shiho Gatame.

* Posted on: Fri, Sep 23 2005 3:07 PM

September 15, 2005
KES - Session 1 (Autumn Term 2005)

By LanceW

it was great to be back at King Edwards VI Southampton School.

A great little bunch of students came along all of which are new to the world of Judo. The session was a introduction to Judo.

We covered very quickly a little about the history, the culture and the basics of what Judo is all about. This included Judo as a martial art as well as a sport. We had a quick fight on the ground as well as learning a throw (Tai Otoshi) and of course learning some Ukemi (breakfalls) and the all important bows (Rei).

Next week we shall hopefully have even more people and shall start the classes in earnest, lots to cover before the first of two competitions I have scheduled. The first will be just before half-term, the second at the end of term.

Well, it was great to be back at the school and teaching a nice bunch of young people. I hope some of them are reading this.


* Posted on: Thu, Sep 15 2005 11:03 AM

September 14, 2005
Google Blog Search

By LanceW

Google have just launched their search engine purely for blogs over at

I came across it care of BoingBoing (where else!)

* Posted on: Wed, Sep 14 2005 9:13 AM

September 12, 2005
Themepunks (act 1)

By LanceW

I recently finished reading Cory Doctorow's latest work, Themepunks (on my Nokia 9500).

It has just been serialised here or hit the original post on BoingBoing.

Basically it's another of his just a touch further forward than reality. I loved it! I'd love to work for kodacell! (well, in the new work culture in the story anyway)


* Posted on: Mon, Sep 12 2005 8:03 PM

September 9, 2005
Serious article on NZ immigrants.

By LanceW

Heres a small article and link to a BBC articleon immigration to the UK by New Zealanders, enjoy! ... ccess.html

* Posted on: Fri, Sep 9 2005 8:49 AM

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