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September 2006 


September 18, 2006
Sync'ing my life.

By LanceW

Over the weekend I managed to get myself sync'ed up (finally) between my phone and Mac laptop.

Bit less easy than I would have liked as I have 4.44 firmware on my Nokia 9500, so syncml (apparently) does not work syncing to iSync 2.3. So... a small investment later I had the appropriate plugin for isync.

Oh look, that doesn't work.
A quick re-read of the website and there it is, you have to install an agent on the mobile (not necessary of 5.x firmware it seems). So on it went and amazingly it all worked.

I am now finally able to sync my calendar in iCal to my mobile. Those of you long-time readers will remember that I have for a long time had my phone sync'ing to schedueworld (www.scheduleworld.com). Which syncs to most things (not iCal though!).

But I'm happy enough now, I can sync my iCal to my Nokia 9500, and my Nokia to Scheduleword. All good!

If anyone wants to do the same thing, do let me know! :-)

Lance

* Posted on: Mon, Sep 18 2006 7:00 PM

September 16, 2006
iTV vs. ITV.

By LanceW

Just a quick one, not searched the blogosphere for this one, but has Apple bothered to check if iTV is going to be possible in the UK where ITV the TV channel lives?

Given the popularity if ITV as a brand, and probably not just in the UK, I would suspect that they would have a good case against Apple using iTV as a brand outside of the UK also.

Anyone seen or heard or thought about this?


* Posted on: Sat, Sep 16 2006 7:32 PM

September 6, 2006
A quick update...

By LanceW

Hi all,
just thought I'd blog. Tonight has been (yet) another night sat with the laptop working on my assignments for the FDSC course. I have really been enjoying this Talent Identification assignment, possibly too much!

I have read way too much, which has made writing the assignment far harder than it might have been if I'd had less content to play with. I really have enjoyed digging and digging and digging! But I have forced myself to stop now and have been filling out all the structure for the assignment.

As of Monday, I'll be 2/3 of the way through my degree.
I am really hoping that the plans to extend the course into masters and maybe even Phd. level do happen. Not sure if my brain is up to the challenge of the higher levels but I'd really want to do it and the Phd. in particular has my attention as it is (I understand) research based.

On that subject, I have a draft summary of the data collected from the Commonwealths completed which I have sent to a cople of people to read through before I post it. Do let me know if you'd like to proof read it.

In other news.... not a lot really!
Just hard work on assignments!

* Posted on: Wed, Sep 6 2006 9:44 PM

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August 2006 


August 25, 2006
Wireless hotspots are great

By LanceW

Ok,

it's official wireless hotspots are terrific.
I am presently sitting a Cologne/Koln airport and am able to check email, catch up on other messages, blogs and of course blog here.

My little Mac has earned it's place in my heart this trip.
Bootcamp is terrific, the first time I've really used it for an extended period. The ability to switch to the dreaded Windoze and run applications I need is a big bonus.

I have a demo of parallels workstation installed and forgot to even try that. Damn, that would have been interesting. I am hoping that VMWares Mac beta comes out soon and I'll do a nice comparison hopefully.

Though given the speed that I get rebooting to XP, I suspect that I'll end up just rebooting when I need Windows. I wonder if my VCP entitles me to the (approaching) Mac version of VMWare workstation.

Well, I have surfing to do, catch y'all later.

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Aug 25 2006 6:08 PM

August 24, 2006
The German One

By LanceW

Gutentag all, here I am writing a blog from Sunny Koblenz in Germany. I am just sitting down to a meal, what it is I am not sure. My German is non-existant! Note to all parents (and self) all kids should do languages. Was supposed to be flying home tonight, but circumstances have worked against me and lo' here I am for a second night. To be fair if I didn't have a cracking headache I would not be complaining Couldn't find a Judo club, sure there must be one, but the Hotel couldn't find one. And I know few German Judo and nine from this area. Oh well.

* Posted on: Thu, Aug 24 2006 5:43 PM

August 5, 2006
FdSc block 2 complete

By LanceW

Hi all,

well the block is over and it was as always an enjoyable, challenging and motivating adventure.

Everytime I go to Bath I come back with so many ideas and new projects, it's terrific. This time all the work on Talent ID has merged with the analysis work from the last block (and commonwealths).
I spent some time working it the research in the first week but the work load in the second week precluded doing so in the second.

We have plenty of homework, but I hope to get at least the basic findings from my research up ASAP.

The experience of doing the webside of our debate project has reminded me that my website looks like death warmed up! So I must MUST update it.

Speaking of which, the www.judoaoch.com/debate website had about 30,000 hits last week, 23,000 on the day of the debate. I should also mention that the initial rough draft video of the debate is also online, go take a look at the webcast.
WARNING: it's 110mb, an hour+ plong and theres lots of people being introduced etc etc.

Anyway... Hot as hades tonight, so sitting with the laptop is becoming uncomfortable.

* Posted on: Sat, Aug 5 2006 9:05 PM

August 4, 2006
Debate over!

By LanceW

Hi All,

another terrific day at Bath.
Today we held our academic debate on Judo Ne-waza. specifically on "This house believes that there should be more Ne-Waza in Judo"

My role as official class geek, was to take care of Audio visual and IT matters. So I organised the powerpoint and cameras and the audio stream & now the webcast, whilst everyone else got on with the debate.

I was so flooded with stuff to do that I onely really got an opportunity to enjoy the debate when I watched it, whilst encoding the video from cameras.

I watching the video footage was so impressed by the speakers, I think each of them during their speeches real caught the audience and carried them with them. It was gebuinely a privaledge to have been part of it.

I have so much respect for the four students who stood up and spoke, I couldn't have done it, let alone done it aswell as they did. I am rubbish at that sort of thing, let alone managing to speak well when you know that the audio is being streamed to at least 7 or 8 countries and that you are being recorded on 3 cameras and that the video is going to be watched by so many people! The hot rate on the site (www.judocoach.com/debate) has been amazing! Hundreds of visitors and thousands of hits.

I have enjoyed being involved in this experience like you can't believe. I feel like a part of history. The debate I hope will become a regular fixture as based on the response we have received it wil certainly be repeated.

To those of you who emailed me directly or via debate@judocoach.com, thank you so much for your support, for your comments and disagreement. The debate has certainly flamed teh spirit of debate and encouraged lots of people to email me with their view, please do keep the emails coming as it's what we were hoping to promote, rational, reason debate on an important Judo topic.

Cheers to all the Year Two FdSc students, its bean one amazing project, three days and look what was achieved!

Lance

* Posted on: Fri, Aug 4 2006 2:34 AM

August 3, 2006
FdSc Update

By LanceW

Whoah....

The blog has been neglected!
Sorry all you avid readers. This week has been mad!
We have had both a group presentation and an Academic Debate to get done this week.

I was lucky to land in the group with Bob, Dave, Simon, Steve & Tony.
We made our presentation this morning and we all felt it went really well. For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that the group presentations have been a disaster for me generally. So it was a really big achievement to walk out feeling like we/I did a decent job.
Wouldn't have happened without our unique group. Cheers guys!

This week has been dominated by the Debate.
All of us on year two of the course are involved in putting together the debate we are holding on Thursday (oh grief thats today!)
As resident geek on the course, I have been busy putting all the techie bits and bobs together. So the website (http://www.judocoach.com/debate) and the powerpoint and today the big achievement was sorting out a server so we can stream the audio from the debate live onto the web!

It's been awesome the response we've had. There is a link on the EJU website, disussion on the judoforum.com website and also on the britishjudo.org forum.

The hit rate is climbing steadily and it's a buzz I tell ya.

It's fantastic to be part of something that is so innovative in Judo terms and that is being supported from Poland to Canada!
Everyone is pulling together and it's going to be great.

Tonight we went out with Simon Jenkins, one of our favourite lecturers . I was really happy that a good group of us made it into Bath and Simon was able to share some good real ale with us.
Simon is leaving the University and I for one shall be sad to see him go!

Anyway, it's now past 3am and I still have one more job to do for the morning, so I need to stop blogging and get back to work!

Please stick your head in the door at http://www.judocoach.com/debate and take a look and even better if you have a comment please email it to debate@judocoach.com

Night all.

* Posted on: Thu, Aug 3 2006 2:14 AM

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July 2006 


July 31, 2006
Bath University FdSc course - Year Two, Block 2, Day 6

By LanceW

Hi all,

here I am back in Bath. This week I am staying in student accomodation rather than off campus like ast week.

Today we had two lectures with Dr. Lisa McIver and a sports deelopment session with Wayne and a session working on our debate with Mike & Nick.

Both Lisa's lectures were related to the excellent work she has been doing one the BJS (british Judo Association) LTAD (Long term athlete development).
The first was focussed more on Talent ID, the second more on the pathways of an athlete in the LTAD programme. The BJA is putting alot of work into this concept and personally I think that is a good thing. It's good to see the efforts the BJA is putting into trying to do right by everyone in the sport.

Waynes lecture, by his own admission was dry/dull. Lots of hard yards on the subject of Government agendas and how that filters down through the layers.

We spent some time getting organised on the Debate we are staging this Thursday (please see my previous post). I am tasked with all things geeky which is a nice change/relief. I have designed and uploaded the website, tahts a start.
I am hoping the event goes well and that the debate becomes a much larger and important annual event. It's such an opportunity to promote discussion, reflection and debate about our sport.

Lisa's second (and keynote) lecture was specifically about the LTAD programme. I was very impressed, although somewhere nagging in the back of my mind beyond where I can see/hear it is a doubt or an argument waiting to express itself. I have a nagging feeling that something is not hunky dory with the LTAD, but damned if I could articulate it.

I must crack on with my statistical work, as poeple are showing interest. So shall try to find time to do it this week. That said, this week is getting rather bust what with our group presentations, the debate and an assignment to complete.

I shall struggle on :-)

Lance


* Posted on: Mon, Jul 31 2006 11:05 PM

2006 Bath University Judo Debate

By LanceW

For those of you interested, as part of our course work for the FDSC we are staging a debate.

www.judocoach.com/debate

The above is a link to the site I have quickly thrown together to promote and host the information on the debate. We are looking into streaming the debate if possible, at a minimum it shall be available on the internet afterwards hopefully.

I hope you will al support it and visit the site and maybe even attend the debate this Thursday.

Lance

* Posted on: Mon, Jul 31 2006 7:15 PM

July 29, 2006
Friday FdSc

By LanceW

Hi all,

Friday (yesterday now), was a great day.
Nick took us in the morning through some genetic talent ID which was really interesting.

In The afternoon we had Simon Timson from Bob Skeleton. They have done incredibly well considering they have very little funding and less facilities.

They have a well developed talent identification programme in place and it has been serving them well. He shared some really interesting ideas that I think are of great use to us in Judo.
I think (especially for smaller nations like NZ) that Talent ID can help us considerably, also some efforts on Talent Selection can help make best use of the funding we are able to scrape together.

His later (keynote) lecture on "Polishing Talent" was well received and very interesting. In Bob Skeleton they are putting alot of time effort and resources into team dynamics. Social Cohesion as Simon terms it, was raised also by Kyn Gunson.

I could see the the benefits from my past, the strength of the relationship between myself and my team mates from my Judo club was a key ingredient in our success.

I can see a new way of running Judo perhaps. Modelling on the Bob Skeleton lessons. Smaller "tighter" teams that spend more time overseas together. More effort spent getting a close knit team, so that when they travel they help each other.
It fits with some of my older ideas from last year, those ideas were about creating a support team that is in fact your fellow competitiors.
For example, at the Commonwealth's, I was compiling my statistics all day working away, most of the athletes were not involved in fighting and had no real focus.
I could see a good system where the entire team help with support roles, from taping fingers, to collecting stats, to coaching matside.

I am home again, briefly, back to Bath on Monday. Next week I will be staying on campus which will be much better in terms of full immersion in the Bath environment. I have felt quite removed from everything this last week.

We have quite a bit of work to do next week, so blog postings may be shorter. Which might be a releief to some. ;-)

* Posted on: Sat, Jul 29 2006 11:33 AM

July 27, 2006
Day3, FDSC Year 2, Block 2

By LanceW

Hi all, a good day today. Again much of our time was spent on Talent Identification. Well... actually most of the day was on talent development. Hmmm.... there seems a groowing impression that talent identification for Judo is not possible. I disagree (of course) I think the lecturers have been very honest, they have basically all started the lecture with "I am supposed to talk about Talent ID in Judo, but I'm going to talk about Talent Development. Personally, I think its a shame that the coaches are not being exposed/encouraged to explore talent ID. In New Zealand I think we really did do talent ID. Perhaps it was not a formal system, but every year Ben (National Coach) held a camp for kids, young adults, even squad players. So as a youngster, every year I went to the camp, and Ben got to see me, He saw all the up and coming kids for 3-5 years before they hit their mid to late teens. So by the time our good potential reached the right age to start working with, Ben knew a bit about us. The old saying was that if you had "it" you knew because Ben had nicknamed you. (to his credit Ben gave everyone nicknames!) It is a shame to see Talent ID basically being ignored. Bens method was not scientific, but it was a system and it worked. I liked Roy Inman's take on talent ID under his helm. Unlike Ben/NZ he had system based around creating the idea that the british trials were where Roy spotted talent. So people knew where to get seen, and Roy could know that the potentials would be there. Of course it relies on a pool of fighters showing up and fighting. Much like the Japanese system it was based on results. Later Wayne Lakin, spoke to us about much of the work Leicester Tigers (Rugby club) are doing with there youth academy. The garage gym was excellent "Kiwi Ingenuity". The main message was that as coaches we need to be building physical preparation in at a younger level, so that kids are "trained to train" Last we had Syd Hoare's keynote lecture. It was a repeat with vaariations on the speech he gave last year on the history of Judo. He is such a fountain of historical knowledge, it is such a privelege to meet and listen and speak with him. I should mention that the first Judo book my parents bought me as a child was one of Syd's. Till tommorow folks, goodnight.

* Posted on: Thu, Jul 27 2006 9:01 PM

July 26, 2006
FdScYear2Block2-Day3

By LanceW

Hi all, another interesting day here at the University of Bath. We started with Juergen Klinger, who shared some personal experiences to do with the players he has worked with previously in Germany. He was very candid and I really like his connection to his athletes. He seems very concentrated on the mental/emotional elements of the role of the coach. He seems a believer in the theory that a strong mental/emotional/spirit is the key attribute to look for in athletes. Our second lecture was Mike Callan giving the lecture I asked for in the first or second week of the first year. His lecture was on the development of Team Bath and the Team Bath Judo programme specifically. Personally, I am a huge fan of what exists in Bath. The Judo programme is exceptional and should/could be a model for other universities and in my situation for other countries. I genuinely believe that the TeamBATH model could/should be adapted for New Zealand Judo. We would need to make some changes to suit our kiwi peculiarities of course, but the core concepts in the programme are excellent. The afternoon was with Jonathan Robinson, one of the sports scientists here in Bath. He covered some of the physiological testing barrage that Judo athletes here have the opportunityto use. He also covered some more general concepts in the use of physiology for Talent ID. I found he work really interesting as I have recently been looking at the area of physiological testing and developed my own barrage of field tests. I had intended to test the New Zealand squad at the commomwealth champs last month, but the hour+ it takes to do all the tests semed infeasibile, so I focussed on the notational analysis. However, the process really had be primed to absorb as much of Jonathans work as possible. Lastly I worked with my group on our presentation on a development programme analysis. Which helped get things heading along a good path for next week. During the breaks in the day I was able to work on my data from the commonwealths. It is getting there and I hope to write a web page about it this week. I also was able to share the SJFI - Special Judo Fitness Index spreadsheet with some more coaches which was nice. (do email me if you'd like a copy) After the work was done, I had an opportunity to take my wife and 3-year old twins around the campus and show the the beutiful Dojo at the University. It was another busy and worthwhile day, can't wait till the next one. Lance.

* Posted on: Wed, Jul 26 2006 5:27 PM

July 25, 2006
Judo FdSc Bath Day 2

By LanceW

Day two is over. Tiring day with lots of content packed in. The morning started with Juergen Klinger, who is now based in Bath University. He (as did all our lecturers today) spoke on Talent Identification. He had some interesting insights from Germany. The second lecture of the day was the highlight for me. Lyn Gudron, netball coach and kiwi. She really highlighted to me the lack of real talent Iidentification in Judo. They have scouts, structures and a system that is really impressive. In the afternoon we had two lectures from Takenari Asanuma. He is a Judo Therapist who along with telling us about Judo Therapy also shared his experience and views of the Talent ID / development systems of Japan & the USA. The lack Judo in schools and in particular at College/University seemed to be key when it came to USA vs Japan. His second lecture was on his work wih the USA Judo team as a Judo Therapist. Interesting perspective, particularly interesting was his ethicall decisions in regard to treating athletes who choose to continue against his recomendation. We have quite a bit of work to do whilst here this time. I am kind of hoping it'll become more clear as to what we are supposed to be doing as the week goes on and next week when I am "on campus". Being off campus this time is not a good thing, I feel quite removed from everything and am really looking to9 being fully immersed next week.

* Posted on: Tue, Jul 25 2006 5:31 PM

July 24, 2006
Back in Bath - FDSC Year 2 Block 2

By LanceW

Hi again all, well I am happy to say I am back at Bath University for the second block of residential study of Year 2. (of the Foundation Degree in Sports Performance, for those of you vvisiting for the first time.) It is great to be back and I am really excited by the timetable for this block. Today after getting things organised, welcomes etc we had Nick Willsmer in the morning speaking primarily on Talent Identification and also on strength training for children. The section on strength training for kids was particularly enkoyable for me as it went against my "received opinion" that kids should not do strength work. Further he presented evidence to the contrary that it is in fact rather beneficial. One of the great things about this course is that you have the opportunity to have your ideas challenged by peers and by academics. It is rather too easy to stick with the ideas of the past when new research and ideas are coming up all the time. In the afternoon Mike Callan spoke on Sports Development. He covered mainly the "traditional models" and we discussed the limitations of them along with the strengths. Again given the participants, the discussions are as valuable as the lecture content itself. Mike is giving a lecture later in the block on the TeamBATH model and project. Which Was something he mentioned I had asked him to share last year. I am looking forward to this immensely as the setup in Bath is terrific. It looks as if it shall be a busy two weeks with many many lectures. We also have a group presentation to prepare and deliver and written work to produce prior to our leaving on the 4th. This week, I am in fact not staying on campus but rather in a cottage outside Bath with my wife and kids. So I am disconnected from broadband etc. I am suspicious that being absent from the student dorm and bar may actually improve my productivity!! Stay tuned...

* Posted on: Mon, Jul 24 2006 4:37 PM

July 17, 2006
Back to work...

By LanceW

Today I return to work in Basingstoke. The heat from Minneapolis seems to be following me, so a hot day expected! I eventually got out of Gatwick on Saturday just a few minutes after 11am. The bloke at passport control said that there was no incident or anything like that. His reason for the over 2 hours it took? It was the summer rush! Anysone would have thought they had no idea how many people were arriving. Oh thats right they should have known exactly! Just typical, I presume it was a case of put more staff on or save money and make the passengers suffer.

* Posted on: Mon, Jul 17 2006 7:44 AM

July 15, 2006
Still Queueing!

By LanceW

If memory serves people are looking at buying BAA (the airport operators here at Gatwick). Two thoughts on this as I stand here ALMOST down to the floor where the passport control actually starts. 1. Are you stupid! There is obviously some serious issues at work here. It should not take this long to clear customs. 2. Please do buy BAA, its hard to think of being worse organised under new management. Heck, you never know foreign ownership might apply foreign (less keen on queues) standards!

* Posted on: Sat, Jul 15 2006 9:11 AM

Back in the UK

By LanceW

Ok I am (almost) back in the UK. I am in a queue waiting to re-enter the UK. So far I've been in this queue for an hour! Compared to the USA where I was through customs in about 30 minutes. Same size plane, whats the differerence? Grrr..... kack UK service levels again! BooHoo!

* Posted on: Sat, Jul 15 2006 8:51 AM

July 14, 2006
USA Trip, Thursday.

By LanceW

Hi all,
well my trip is almost over, one day left before I fly back to the UK.
Work wise it has been really good, I think I have a good handle on the software I am here to learn about and am looking forward to getting a test environment setup back in the ofice.

Out of work, I have really enjoyed being here, good people and really interesting cultural differences. Service here is great! Tipping (which pains me!) is much less painful to do when you get servicelike I have enjoyed here.

Tonight I visited the Midway Judo Club, in West St. Paul.
I suffered with the heat and humidity (and lack of fitness).
But enjoyed myself immensely and enjoyed finding that the Judo "family" is as welcoming as everywhere else I have been.

I was invited to teach some technique, which I was flattered to do.
Nothing too outrageous, just my little tsurikomi ashi and my O soto gari variation. I also demonstrated the Neil Adams' rolling Juji Gatame, which they were not familiar with. That was a nice bit of karma, showing Neils technique to Americans, especially as I managed to get intoi the Commonwelth tournament the other week as a result of talking to Neil at just the right moment! :-)

Well, it's late here and I need to pack so I can check out in the morning.
I shall be sad to leave Minneapolis, it's been great to be a tourist again. The US has a lot going for it. I could see myself living here, which is a bit of a suprise. I have to confess to have had some negative preconsptions about the US and it's been good to lose them.

Lance.

* Posted on: Fri, Jul 14 2006 4:30 AM

July 11, 2006
Bootcamp

By LanceW

Hi y'all,

well I installed Bootcamp and XP pro tonight.

So my shiny new Mac can run Doze now. Am curious if Parallels can boot the Windows partition from within OSX, anyone know?

Have also installed Qemu, which runs FAST!

SO must download a couple of ISO's and see what I can do.

Only a couple of days in on the Mac experience, but I may be well on my way to an Apple convert. So far OSX has been really slick, stable and fun!

No Judo yet, must try harder.

Lance

* Posted on: Tue, Jul 11 2006 3:08 AM

July 10, 2006
USA Trip

By LanceW

Strangely my previous post disapeared.
Anyway, I am now in the USA. Not permanently, just for a week.

I am over here for work, I am in Minneapolis, which is home of "Mall of America" which is the biggest damn shopping centre I've ever seen or heard of! I spent much of bothSaturday & Sunday in there. It has a fun park inside it, which is kinda cool!

Anyway, I finally took the plung and "invested" in a Mac.
So this is coming direct to you from a MacBook Pro. Nice piece of kit, tommorow I shall be installing Bootcamp so it'll be dual boot into XP.

I am hoping to find some Judo over here, which would be nice.

Anyway, stay tuned for some impressions on Mac and on Bootcamp and of course on the USA. (which I so far am really liking)

* Posted on: Mon, Jul 10 2006 2:53 AM

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June 2006 


June 26, 2006
Anyone reading this from Minneapolis?

By LanceW

Is anyone reading this from Minneapolis, Minnesota? If so, please let me know by email as i shall be visiting early next month (July) and would love to visit some Judo clubs whilst there. Lance

* Posted on: Mon, Jun 26 2006 2:25 PM

June 19, 2006
NZ Team - Well done!

By LanceW

Well, the 2006 Commonwealth Judo Tournament is over. The results are that the New Zealand teaam fought out of their skins.

Of the ten athletes competing, ten are returning to NZ with a medal! WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

It was a pleasure to be involved with the team and to see old and new faces.

I am awaiting my return flight as I write this, and have used a little of the time to sort through my paperwork.

I have managed to notate over 100 fights, Including 25 from the Kiwis. A quick run through the forms showed that the NZ scored 18 times, 11 of which were IPPON.

More to follow!

* Posted on: Mon, Jun 19 2006 5:20 AM

June 14, 2006
Off to Derry soon!

By LanceW

Hi all,

quiet period again, sorry.
Well, On Friday I head off to Derry to meet up with the Kiwi team and to start the next phase of some research I am doing into notational analysis for Judo.

Think "shots on goal" but for Judo.
I have down a small piolt and designed the forms and written out the basic methodology. So next step head overto Derry and record some data. AFTer that its analysis time...math in other words. Ulp!

Updates shortly from Derry.

* Posted on: Wed, Jun 14 2006 10:09 PM

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April 2006 


April 13, 2006
FDSC Year 2, block 1, Wednesday 12th April 2006.

By LanceW

Did you ever have one of those days when everything just went well? I did, today.

Today was a bit of a relaxed day in terms of scheduling, no lectures to attend, just free time. So having this idea of doing some player assessments at the Commonwealth tournament, I decided to head to the library.

So, I got myself onto "Web of Science" and used it to find some journals on "judo test*" whgich found a bunch of stuff. Two particular finds were the "Biology of Sport" (from Warsaw) and "The Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical fitness".

From W.O.S. I was able to determine that the University had copies of most of the articles that grabbed my interest on the shelves. So up I wandered to level four of the library and found the journals (Per79 by the way).

I found the ones I wanted and made some copies.

Later, Debbie Plamer happened to be showing the new first year students the ropes on the "Special Judo Fitness Index" test, that features heavily in the journals, so I sat in on this and threw together a spreadsheet on my phone that did the calculation for me based on the test.
Terrific! I have already emailed it to a couple of people who were interested in it. (if you want a copy, email me at lw@judocoach.com ).
So the morning went well.

In the afternoon we had a Keynote Lecture from Brian Ashton, head coach here at Bath of the Bath Rugby team. He was former head coach of the Ireland National Team & a member of the World Cup winning England Rugby Team.
It was a great lecture, it is so great to hear other perspectives and views of coaching and great coaches views on both coaching generally and their ideas on coaching Judo.

Brian, shared with us some great tales, whilst explaining the progression from 2003-2005. The culture of that team seems amazing! He seemed to have such a respect for the players and for his colleagues it was awe inspiring in many ways.

Much of what he had to say was rowing in the opposite direction to conventional coaching in Judo, I think. He had interesting things about communication to players during a match for example.

I have been reading "Winning!" by Sir Clive Woodward, leading up to this lecture (knowing it was coming). And am fascinated about the areas of comparision between Judo and Rugby. I hope we can all l ook to the World Cup winning England Rugby team and find role models and good ideas to incorporate into our coaching of Judo.
Of course I hope we can find even more bright ideas in current Kiwi Rugby!!

A highlight was being early and getting a better look at the amazing "Prozone" software that the England team had. It is incredible! It must have been such an advantage at the time, being able to see all that data in such an easy format!

In discussion this evening we talked about the lecture of course and I was particularly keen on the idea that the depth of science on the ENgland team allowed the coaches and team to perform the "art" of Rugby.
Of course this goes in a big loop back to my current obsession with Judo metrics or lack there of. The England team was able to tell precisely how far and how fast every player on the firld ran for example (both England & the opposition).
Having that sort of information (and having it displayed in such a visual way) looks to have allowed English coaches and players to use that information to progress to the highest level.
I'd love to see a similar level of analysis available in Judo.

Of course there are risks, Brian spoke of "paralysis by analysis". Being as I heard it that you can get bogged down in stats that have little no relevance.

All in all probably the best day I've had in the course to date. Actually utilising the resources I am fortunate enough to have at my disposal more fully was great. Whilst having a lecture that (in my mind at least) supported much of the more ideas I have been voicing was terrific.

I thoroughly believe one of the best thinsg about the course is the opportunity for us all to expand ourselves through the disussion and exploration of new ideas. There is always resistance to change, Brian's lecture threw some fairly radical ideas at us, and I am hoping that discussion and reflection on the ideas in our context helps us all develop.

As pretty much everyone has picked up, I favour the rebelious idea and am not shy in coming forward with the stupid idea, the different perspective, etc. It may get me some flack, but at least it provokes debate and stick in peoples heads.

All I can really say is..."boing boing".

Sorry in-joke (at my expense) to those on year two fo the course.

Goodnight all,

Lance

* Posted on: Thu, Apr 13 2006 6:52 AM

FDSC Year 2, block 1, Wednesday 12th April 2006.

By LanceW

Did you ever have one of those days when everything just went well? I did, today.

Today was a bit of a relaxed day in terms of scheduling, no lectures to attend, just free time. So having this idea of doing some player assessments at the Commonwealth tournament, I decided to head to the library.

So, I got myself onto "Web of Science" and used it to find some journals on "judo test*" whgich found a bunch of stuff. Two particular finds were the "Biology of Sport" (from Warsaw) and "The Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical fitness".

From W.O.S. I was able to determine that the University had copies of most of the articles that grabbed my interest on the shelves. So up I wandered to level four of the library and found the journals (Per79 by the way).

I found the ones I wanted and made some copies.

Later, Debbie Plamer happened to be showing the new first year students the ropes on the "Special Judo Fitness Index" test, that features heavily in the journals, so I sat in on this and threw together a spreadsheet on my phone that did the calculation for me based on the test.
Terrific! I have already emailed it to a couple of people who were interested in it. (if you want a copy, email me at lw@judocoach.com ).
So the morning went well.

In the afternoon we had a Keynote Lecture from Brian Ashton, head coach here at Bath of the Bath Rugby team. He was former head coach of the Ireland National Team & a member of the World Cup winning England Rugby Team.
It was a great lecture, it is so great to hear other perspectives and views of coaching and great coaches views on both coaching generally and their ideas on coaching Judo.

Brian, shared with us some great tales, whilst explaining the progression from 2003-2005. The culture of that team seems amazing! He seemed to have such a respect for the players and for his colleagues it was awe inspiring in many ways.

Much of what he had to say was rowing in the opposite direction to conventional coaching in Judo, I think. He had interesting things about communication to players during a match for example.

I have been reading "Winning!" by Sir Clive Woodward, leading up to this lecture (knowing it was coming). And am fascinated about the areas of comparision between Judo and Rugby. I hope we can all l ook to the World Cup winning England Rugby team and find role models and good ideas to incorporate into our coaching of Judo.
Of course I hope we can find even more bright ideas in current Kiwi Rugby!!

A highlight was being early and getting a better look at the amazing "Prozone" software that the England team had. It is incredible! It must have been such an advantage at the time, being able to see all that data in such an easy format!

In discussion this evening we talked about the lecture of course and I was particularly keen on the idea that the depth of science on the ENgland team allowed the coaches and team to perform the "art" of Rugby.
Of course this goes in a big loop back to my current obsession with Judo metrics or lack there of. The England team was able to tell precisely how far and how fast every player on the firld ran for example (both England & the opposition).
Having that sort of information (and having it displayed in such a visual way) looks to have allowed English coaches and players to use that information to progress to the highest level.
I'd love to see a similar level of analysis available in Judo.

Of course there are risks, Brian spoke of "paralysis by analysis". Being as I heard it that you can get bogged down in stats that have little no relevance.

All in all probably the best day I've had in the course to date. Actually utilising the resources I am fortunate enough to have at my disposal more fully was great. Whilst having a lecture that (in my mind at least) supported much of the more ideas I have been voicing was terrific.

I thoroughly believe one of the best thinsg about the course is the opportunity for us all to expand ourselves through the disussion and exploration of new ideas. There is always resistance to change, Brian's lecture threw some fairly radical ideas at us, and I am hoping that discussion and reflection on the ideas in our context helps us all develop.

As pretty much everyone has picked up, I favour the rebelious idea and am not shy in coming forward with the stupid idea, the different perspective, etc. It may get me some flack, but at least it provokes debate and stick in peoples heads.

All I can really say is..."boing boing".

Sorry in-joke (at my expense) to those on year two fo the course.

Goodnight all,

Lance

* Posted on: Thu, Apr 13 2006 12:24 AM

April 11, 2006
FDSC Year 2, block 1, Tuesday 11th April 2006.

By LanceW

Today was a good solid day at the University of Bath.

Only one Dojo session, which was probably just as well as I seem to have banged my elbow in last nights excellent Randori session. something like 60 Judoka on the mat, a high quality training for those who can access it!

We had two lectures with Andrew Moshanov today, one a continuiation of our work on performance planning and the second his Keynote lecture which was excellent. We also had another session with Simon Jenkins exploring roles and their relevance to Judo coaching.

Andrew's first lecture was focussed on the development of Judo training programmes based on science. Excellent coverage of working in physiological responses to training and how we can use our Judo sessions to cause the desired reactions to develop such factors as speed strength and endurance.
Important attention to fatigue including some interesting ideas on how to objectively guage levels of fatigue.

A fair amount of importance was given to monitoring and testing. An area in which I am specifically interested.

Later we had Simon Jenkins, interesting discussions as always as we explored the roles that coaches and people more generally take on and the aspects of those roles. We covered primarily behaviors and activities and had some "interesting" perspectives given by resident prankster Daniel. It is lucky he is such a funny guy, else I'd end up getting utterly annoyed by his giving me flack all the time.

Andrew Moshanov's keynote was excellent!
He looked at "World classs athletes and world class training systems in the 21st century" which took a very broad view of the issues in our sport today.
We looked at the traditional sporting model and the process of developing elite athletes. These being the idea of talent identification and building a pyramid of players at various levels.

He spoke also on the issues of decreasing participation in physical activity and the impact on talent. I.e. decrease in people entering into sporting activities. He spoke about the importance of multi-lateral development in children to provide a range of abilities that we as coaches can then refine into skills.
I really enjoyed hearing his perspectives and really felt the vaidity of his comments on the lack of sport in early development stages of children.

He also mentioned how Judo "was" a martial art AND physical AND mental form of training along with a sport. It is now a sport primarily and perhaps we need to return to the previous state to survive the challenges that we and all sports face in the 21st century.

Finally this evening we all sat down and watched the coverage of the GB World Cup on Sky Sports (TV). Excellent coverage by Simon and the rest of the Fighting Films team!! It was terrific to have several of the elite athletes shown in attendance here in Bath.

It is difficult to describe the excellent work going on here in Bath. This is a wonderful programme which I am convinced will prove over the years to come a major power for good in British and World Judo. It is such a terrific opportunity to be here, despite the hard work, bumps along the way and mental strain, the benefits outweigh it all tremendously.

* Posted on: Tue, Apr 11 2006 7:12 PM

April 10, 2006
FDSC Year 2, block 1, Monday 10th April 2006.

By LanceW

Today was a heavy lecture day.

We spent time with Andrew Moshanov, who is Technical Director of the BJA. His lecture was very interesting speaking on "Sports Training Science". A man with a good solid understand of sports science who also managed that difficult task of balancing that against the sport of Judo.

I very much enjoyed the lecture and enjoyed the feeling that I could make direct actions as a result of his lecture.

He also introduced another notation system that I may experiment with, rather than text based, his is iconic, with small figures indicating techniques. He puts these on a timeline, very visual representation whilst still generating good metrics.

Later we spent the rest of the day with Colin McIver, who is now Performance Director of the BJA.

His first lecture was "Long-Term Performance Planning for Judo", the Second on "Qualities of an elite player in modern Judo" and his final lecture "Winning in London 2012, The Challenge" (his keynote lecture).

I really enjoyed Colin's lectures.
He spoke only about what he knew from experience and unlike much of what we cover which is theory and hyperthetical, his lectures were based on his experiences as a successful coach and laterly in helping prepare Britain for Olympic campaigns at a organisational level.

His lectures one could argue were weak on the science side, made up for it in candor and real-life application and results. (his humourous anecdotes were particularly well received after some fairly heavy going)

I enjoyed hearing of his personal coaching activities, he seemed a very commited coach very involved on a personal level. Which has been an uncommon sensation from other lecturers who can seem "detached" from the process.

His Keynote lecture was of course the highlight (after anecdotes in lecture two), as it dealt with the difficult challenges that the BJA has ahead of it preparing for 2008 & 2012.
Colin does not sugar coat things and gave a really candid portrayal of the challenges the BJA faces. I for one appreciated him not trying to sell us "the dream" rather his sharing the reality of the situation.
Increasingly I realise how difficult it is for Britain to compete in world Judo and how, in many ways, New ZEaland has it much better.

For a start, qualification for the Olympics is a breeze in NZ by comparison. We also have what I have commented on before. A history and culture of sporting excellence and sporting innovation. So if we can draw on that Judo should thrive in NZ.

Interestingly, at one point Colin described a support team concept that is almost identical to what I have imagined for NZ Judo.

This evening I shall be venturing into the Team Bath randori session, having done nothing but lectures today, it should be a godd opportunity to blow out the cobwebs.

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 10 2006 6:09 PM

FDSC Year 2, block 1, Sunday 9th April 2006.

By LanceW

Sunday and I came back to Bath early to attend the Kano Society discussion and view parts of the Richard Bowen collection.

Sadly, I messed up and thought it all started at 2:30pm, it started at 1:30 amd I missed the viewing of a DVD. I did however have the pleasure to view a small subset of the archive that was donated by Richard Bowen to the university.

An amazing slection of Judo history.
In the collection there is a hand typed early version of the EJU constitution and a medal from the first World Champs.

There was loads several poster for Judo events, including the 32nd Budokwai display/show from 1949. Afterwards I was lucky enough to share a coffee with some of the Kano Society members who shared some of their experiences of the past.
Fantastic! Great stories about life in London Judo with Koizumi-Sensei and for me an absolute treat as the history of NZ Judo is so tightly linked to that of the UK.

I met Stan (soory I missed your/his surname) who trained at Koizumikai in Glasgow, which seemed familiar from my time in Scotland. However later that night I realised it was the name of Des Taring's club in Wellington. Similarly I was told of the origins of the Renshuden club of London, which shares a name and history with Brian Cloynes club in NZ.

In an effort to expand my library and to satisfy my addiction to Judo purchases I bought 5 dvds from teh Soiciety fo which I have only browsed so far. The disks include footage of Koizumi Sensei himself, Teizo Kawamura and also more recent footage of a Ne-Waza specialist Len Hunt and two disks of JOhn Cornish teaching the Go-Shin-Jutsu.

Brilliant disks and I can't wait to spend more time exploring them.

for reference the Kano Society has a website at:
www.KanoSociety.org

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 10 2006 5:48 PM

April 7, 2006
FDSC Year 2, Block 1, Friday 7 April.

By LanceW

Hello all,
another interesing day here at the University of Bath. Great lectures on athlete profiling and testing along with some Judo with Roy in the morning.

In the afternoon we had a Judo session with Mike which included a good and rigorous discussion about matside coaching. Specifically there was discussion about personal coach vs. national coach being present and about who should make the decision about who should be matside supporting the athlete. There was discussion about coaching style and personality. On this we discussed various things such as control of the "space" and if the matside coach should be an extrovert or introvert, a big personality or a quiet person. We also discussed what a coaches role actually is in Judo. A lot more involvment from more people than sometimes is the case. With people offering conflicting opinions. Later we had a video session whee we watched two different coaches coach a golden score situation at last weeks Women's World Cup. It was perfect after having debated it previously.The two coaching examples were perfect example of differing styles and answered some questions and raised others.

We were veryfortunate that Mike had managed to arrange to have one of the coach/player couples present. So we were able to hear there views and ask questions.

A terrific day all told.

* Posted on: Fri, Apr 7 2006 11:05 PM

JMG Test

By LanceW

During todays lecture there was alot of interest in the JMG test.

here is the link to the test:
http://www.judoinfo.com/testjmg.htm

I also have a spreadsheet that does the calculation for you and hope to have a web version operating soon. Till the web one is available please email me if you want the excel spreadsheet. lw@judocoach.com

P.s. The spreadsheet is thanks to my friend Robin, thanks.

* Posted on: Fri, Apr 7 2006 12:40 PM

April 6, 2006
FDSC Year 2, block 1, Thursday 6th APril 2006.

By LanceW

Today was an interesting day.

Most of the day was invested into lectures and practical work with Peter Gardiner. It was great to finally meet Peter and explore his ways after having heard so much about him from so many different sources, not excluding his spot on the IJF DVD I have blogged about previously.

Peter is much better in person than the DVD portrayed him. His approach seemed much more Judo focussed than the DVD section which you might remember I felt was a bit gimicky and focussed on Games a bit much.
As someone who has collected and loved so many Judo games, I have gone off games a bit, but it was really great to have a different perspective and the enthusiasm alone sells it.
All the Kudos Peter has been accumulating seems well deserved.

His lectures were equal to his practical, his view of Judo is refreshing and I am was quietly pleased that he was promoting concepts that are so much a part of my own philosophy and that of New Zealand and of the kiwi Judo federation.

I particularly like his genuinely open attitude towards new coaching methods. Something that seems lacking in life.


Later Daniel explained the EJU qualification system for Beijing. As a Kiwi we bemoan how hard it is to get a spot, having to beat the ozzies. However I don't envy european Judoka, the competition is harder for them and much less clear as Oceania.

We has a session on planning and periodisation. Incredibly some of the discussion about new ideas was one of those moments where I sat there thinking "but this is what we were doing bac home when I was a teenager" I tend to forget sometimes that New Zealand is often very advanced in matters sporting. That although Judo-wise we are a backwater, when it comes to general level of sport and sport science, coaching, etc. We are often a leading nation. (a la the All Blacks)


Daniel later showed us his "My Judo Book".
WHOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Much of it was identical to the "Player Assessment Form" I developed for my assignments for Last years first batch of assignments and the electronic things I've been developing for my remote coaching project (see http://www.judocoach.com/coaching/1-1/form.html if you want to see a draft of what is in the pipeline). Obviously more polished and far better in terms of being a tool for use year on year but very similar in concept.

Recently I registered judometrics.com as a home for lots of my ideas in this area. That we need to develop a way of generating metrics for Judo. Daniel's book is exactly what I wished I had already done! His "Judo Database" is almost identical to what I have been slowly developing in Perl for the web.

He is one smart cookie!

I am so glad to be on the course and have this opportunity to expand away from the norm. Today at one point we wrote class plans. It was great to not write the plain old session plan as I'd normally produce. You know the thing, run around the mat, teach a throw, play a game, teach a throw, play a game, Randori, bow and bye.
Don't get me wrong, that is a solid design, one tried and tested and proven to work. But it was great to put something down that was a bit "different" and then to observe reactions to it and see what the thought pattern about it was and to use that as a test.
The plan I wrote was based on the 8 week programme I did for Meonstoke last year for very young kids. It worked massively well. The teatures liked it, the kids liked it and so did the parents. So it was interesting to observe peoples reactions to a new idea (which I confess to all reading I intentionaly tweaked towards the unconventional).

It was also great to be put in the spotlight and be forced to try to answer peoples questions on it. Some I think I managed to answer some I did not. So I am now better prepared as I have a better idea of the holes in the concept.

Funnily enough one of the discussions was about my talking too much! A comment Ray Roberts has made about me on a million occasions. Also I was asked about how "regimented" the sessions was, which was a real shock as I know that my style of coaching is very relaxed and that I play the fool the whole time, it is full of silliness and funny noises. So it showed I suppose that it does not come across that way when described to expert coaches. This begs the question of how does one promote a concept that I fail to describe?

As past example prove, I'm not much of a formal presenter. Twice (at least) on this degree my message has been lost and/or misinterpreted. So... how to address this issue. Especially given that one of the assignments due at the end of may is a video presentation?
Perhaps time to hit up some of my former Aziz Corporation contacts for some training? Steve are you listening, actually Steve what nights are Toastmasters.

Off to dinner now, till Friday, cheers for reading!

* Posted on: Thu, Apr 6 2006 5:11 PM

April 5, 2006
FDSC Year 2, Block 1, Wednesday 5th

By LanceW

Hi all,

Todays education consisted of a session with Peter in the library helping us make best use of the online resources. Such as electronic journals and database indexes of electronic and print journals.

After which we had a Dojo session with Neil Adams. Neil took us through suppleness, lots of stretching which was just what the doctor ordered.

After lunch we had an interesting session with Simon, continueing on from yesterdays discussions. We examined Influence, Power & Authority in the context of Judo and coaching.
Some really interesting discussion on the subject and some nice "models" were looked at.

Good stuff.
This afternoon I have looked at the assignments for this block. Not many but hard ones. Including a 20 minute video to produce.

On a personal note, last night I visited the physio about my foot and the pain I have been getting from running. It seems that my big toe is the issue. (no really). Seems all the times I've twisted the joint and that break have had a impact. Basically the toe is not flexing enough and forcing my foot to take the shock where it is not supposed to, causing the pain.
The physio manipulated it a bit and it was really frightening to see how much movement I didn't have!!

So more flexing and stretching to be done in the future.

* Posted on: Wed, Apr 5 2006 4:01 PM

FDSC Block 3 - TUESDAY

By LanceW

Hello all,

well today was the first day for the Foudattion Degree in Sports Performance at Bath Univetsity .

Today after catching up we had lectures by Mike Callan, Simon Jenkins & Nick Willsmer. The lectures were on Performance planning, Work Based learning.

Mike's lecture was good, exploring our future plands as coaches. So examining what we want to achieve.

Example text was in relation to coaching players and tieing that to the reality that the Beiging Olympic games are only approx. 800 days away and London is only 329 weeks away. So if we are coaching elite players they will be quite young, if they are to be at these games.

Simon's every interesting session involved large amountgs of discussion about "Coaching Control". Difficukt subject area in ways. I enjoyed examijning the differences ofv opihnion and especially the examinination of teaching vs. coaching.

Finally we had a lecture with Nick Willsmer, who took us through the EIS scheme and we looked at what asepects of elite coaching facilities affect players. I enjoyed looking at this topic and enjoyed the academic examination of it all.

after all this, pizza and getting settled followed.
I am now on the Uni network and able to blog via laptop rather thn mobile.

Wednesday, promises a Library session, more performance planning and work based learning.

This year is a boit different as the course is slightly earlier and we have a group of forst year students doing what we did last year. I have yet to meet them, but am looking forward toi seeing what their perspectives are.

It is increasingly impressive what is beinbg acheived here. Ovber the next fortnight aproximately 58 Judoka will be expanding their knowledge and experience. Becoming better coaches and raising thebar for everyone.

Rock on!

* Posted on: Wed, Apr 5 2006 12:07 AM

April 3, 2006
Good morning campers

By LanceW

Hi all,
well yesterday my twins turned 3. Three, cripes how fast was that! I think they enjoyed the day, I hope they did. Picures will appear on the MoBlog shortly.
This morning, I am waiting in Southampton for the shops to open. Then I'll be buying my wife so goodies for her birthday, which is today. So a Latte & Muffin at Starbucks.
Tommorow I'll be in Bath again, doing the FDSC course for two weeeks. Really looking forward to it! Technically I should be in Birmingham at the World Cup comp' But family comes first.
Shame to miss todays lectures which include Daniel Lascau, who I have great respect for. His ideas are generally fresh and it is good to see a member of the course student base lecturing. The calibre of this course is truely awe inspiring at times.
Well, I shall persevere with my blogging of the course. As was said at one of the formal dinners last year, we should all be telling the world about the course. This blog I hope shares a perspective on the course that will be useful to those interestd in the course.
Despite some friction it has caused, this blog I consider to be doing alot to promote the course. And it encourages debate on the merits of what we are being exposed to.
The hit rate for the blog and my website tell me it is being read, so visitors thanks for coming by. Do email me at lw@judocoach.com with your comments.
If you agree with what I write say so, if you disagree say so! I have no time for those who don't "Step up" and voice their opinions.
So till Tuesday nights post, have a good one!

* Posted on: Mon, Apr 3 2006 7:52 AM

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