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Judo World Champs Rio 2007. 


Hi, so over in Rio the worlds are underway and it has been eventful already.

A new IJF president has been elected (Marius Vizier of the EJU) and Japan for the first time does not have a seat on the executive. Scary.

And already there has been some great Judo on display, sadly no coverage here in the UK (Typically!). There is a little probably illegal footage out there (try www.judovision.org ).

On there you'll see Kenji Suzuki go out of the tournament to the Lithuanian in a dodgy call by the referees, to save you going looking here is the video:



Now... I fall on the Japanese side here, I think Suzuki started the movement and that the Lithuanian landed flat on his back, well before the Japanese. That said, there is most definitely an attack on the way down by the Lithuanian.

The problem here is that the attacking player (Suzuki) should IMHO be given the benefit of the doubt. I also believe that in this sort of situation there should be a decision to award no score if it is this close.

The score is not clear, Judo scores should be clear. If they are not, they should not be scores.

Now... You'll see there that it looks like the referees go over to the table, I can't tell if that is consulting video footage or not. But I'd like to know.

It reminds me of the excellent debate we hosted at University of Bath in August on video to assist refereeing ( www.judocoach.com/debate ). One of the arguments against video in Judo is that it still relies on people to make the call. Watching this footage a second, third, fourth and even a fifth time, can you make a decision, does it get easier?

I'd say no. The issue is the more we slow it down and analyze everything it does not become clearer. Personally, I would like to see referees more openly address this difficulty and alter the rules to reflect it.

I'd like to see Judo become clearer, Ippons need to be harder than they are sometimes. If the score is confused as it is in this case, there should be no score so that the players can decide who wins, not the referees as was the case here.

My take on it is this... if in doubt, give no score and let the players fight and decide who wins. Don't over referee our sport, it just makes for controversy and dull uninteresting judo for us to watch.

For example, if this fight had continued, do you think Suzuki would have gone up a gear? Would the Lithuanian have realised he had a chance and gone up a gear? In either case it would have been good to watch as opposed to seeing referees kill a great fight as they did here. :(

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World Masters Training, Week Summary 2/46.  


Hi all,
well a week of ups and downs, all in all a good week...maybe.

MONDAY
I decided to try some Judo in Basingstoke. I went along to the Paul Jones School of Judo, which had me worried at first seeing a bunch of kids in black Judogi. But the session itself was good, he has a bunch of fairly large kyu grade men.
So, I was able to get a solid Judo session. Unfortunately I did drop someone a bit hard, my timing is all over the show. Sorry mate!
Another plus was discovering that the instructor (Paul) is a friend of one of my fellow students at University of Bath, they were full-time Judoka together in Camberley. In fact my friend showed up which was nice to say hello to him.

TUESDAY
Running after work.
Still following and enjoying the Jeff Galloway plan. 4 mins running, 1 min walking... repeat. It was nice to go running with my wife. We left quite late in the evening and took the country lane behind the house. By the time we got to the return leg of the run it was pretty much dark, almost. It bat-tastic! Literally, lots of small bats flying above the hedgerow on the side of the road. I like bats... at least in wide open spaces. :)


WEDNESDAY
On Wednesday I went to the Judo at HMS Sultan again. Small session, a lot of people away on some Navy thing I think. But, it was a good session, I spent most of it working with Mark "The JuJitsu Guy".
I really enjoyed working with him and he's got a load of potential and learns fast. He is also really strong and has a wrestling/Ju Jitsu background, so I get a challenge.
I really get a lot from fighting him on the ground, it reminds me about how sloppy my Judo is at the moment.

THURSDAY
Okay... I was experimenting with Thursday as my rest day. Which felt good, physically I am really feeling the training. Starting from such a low level. So, the break midweek is potentially useful and better than a weekend rest day?

FRIDAY
I planned to hit the gym, but unfortunately was doing the train to work thing. So missed getting into the gym. :(

SATURDAY
Got up and hit the road in the morning. It was an hour run, 5.5 miles. Good long run, felt comfortable and enjoyable.

SUNDAY
Okay.. here is the problem with a midweek rest day.
I didn't do any "exercise" today.

Summary...
So too much rest this week. Couple of things brought that on, external and internal. That said, the session I did this week were good, well excluding the gym, I only made it in once and had a nightmare session. I am changing programme as I can't get my head around the "5 3" programme, starts slow... too slow for my liking.

The weekend was absorbed almost entirely by hard labour cutting my hedge. Saturday & Sunday both, which is not exactly a "workout" but is at least physical right?

I spoke to another "master" for the Belgium masters event. He is keen so I am hoping to have maybe 4 guys there next year. COOL!
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NEWS: YS Park resigns as IJF Pesident. 


UNCONFIRMED!!!!! I have not confirmed this is true!!

I understand that YS Park has resigned as IJF president.
This happens on the eve of the World Champs and after all the legal rangles with the EJU.

I'll post more details once I know more.
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Another Judo slogan shirt. 



I finally tracked down a bunch of slogans a friend and I came up with one night and thought I'd take a shot and seeing what they looked like on a t-shirt. What do you think of that one?
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World Masters Training, Week Summary 1/46. 


Hi all,
so here it goes, as I alluded to in a previous post it is my intention to compete in the 2008 World Masters Judo Tournament, in Brussels Belgium next year.

Those of you who know me will know I've not done a competition since the Millenium Cup in Northern Ireland back in 2000! I have to be frank barely been on a tatami for about 5 years! But what the hey, I've decided to give it a go. In part this is as a result of attending the FdSc (EJU Level 4) degree course at University of Bath and part because of my old school friends' encouragement. And finally one part of needing a big goal to motivate me to extricate myself from the couch!

So... I started designing a periodised training programme shortly after returning from Bath at the start of August. And although it is still getting revised by myself and also from better eyes and minds than mine, I have started to execute the plan.

I started it in earnest this week with my first Macro & Micro cycles. The macrocycle is a base/anatomical adaption/strength phase. So really it is the getting started phase. I've scheduled it to be 8 weeks long with a two week transition phase at the end of it goiing into a endurance phase.

The microcycle is just two weeks, and is pretty rough as to be honest the main objective is to get started and "blow the cobwebs away". So here is what I did starting (oddly) on Tuesday as Monday was a bank holiday and the day was spent with my family.

TUESDAY - Running.

4.5 Mile run in 53 minutes.
I am following a run/walk programme from Jeff Galloway, which is actually a Marathon programme, but starts slow and low, so the plan is that it will help get me started and by the time I hit my full on endurance phase the mileage will be appropriate.
It felt pretty good, I've been running quite a bit in recent weeks/months and the change of shoes (back to my older pair) has made a big difference and my legs are giving me little problem.

Wednesday - Judo.
I did my first Judo session for quite some time with Pete Powell at the HMS Sultan (Royal Navy) Judo club. Bit late due to my GPS putting me wrong, but probably as well as it meant I avoided the hard work of a long warm-up. :)
Enjoyable light "wake up session" for both me and everyone else. The club has a Brazilian JuJitsu (BJJ) player in residence and we had a roll about on the floor which was nice and challenging.

I had my first scare, in a Tachi-Waza Randori, I threw someone (Uchi Mata) and some where in the process of putting my sweeping left leg back down after I twisted my left ankle!
This is the ankle I hurt back in July when running the Winchester 5KM race. It's definately weak and I shall have to some extra work on it.

Thursday - Gym/Run.
Gym:
Well a bit of a disaster as I left my programme at home so was unable to do the workout programme I had planned to start. But I did a brief 30 minute workout, mainly Bicep, Tricep and Lats and Pecs (seeing as I knew I was running later).
Run:
3.19 Miles, 37:32 minutes.
Pleasant little run, lower mileage after the Tuesday long run and being to the gym earlier in the day. Enjoyed it and didn't push too hard and felt good at the end.

Friday - Gym

I started the Charles Staley strength programme. Not done it before so not sure what I think of it yet. The gym I use is pretty small and not overly well equipped. So for example there is not squat rack, so I was not really able to do the first exercise in the programme. There is long rest periods between sets in this programme so that was a bit of a pain. I'll give it till the end of this microcycle before I decide if I like the programme.

No Judo despite wanting too. Finding Judo in Basingstoke (where I work) turned out to be harder than I had expected. Two clubs seemed to have adult sessions on a Friday evening. But sadly one no longer runs the session and the other did not have it as they have been off in August. :(

Saturday - Run.
3.4 Miles, 38 Minutes.
So up and on the road by 8:10am, I hope you are all impressed! Again following Jeff's run walk programme of 4 minutes running followed by 1 minute walking. Went left at the Church rather than right. Pretty comfortable and enjoyed the run. Probably shows as I did it with an average pace of 11:03/mile which was the fastest average for the week. Didn't feel that hard which is nice.


Next Week...
So, I hope to make it to Judo Monday night not sure when, maybe a technique session at my home Dojo. Then HMS Sultan again on Wednesday and Basingstoke somewhere on Friday.

Running, It'll be Tuesday, Thursday Saturday again.

Gym, Probably Tuesday Thursday and Friday (it'll be interesting to see how I cope).

Thoughts...
Well, early days and feeling a bit sore and this I think is in part because (as I have been thinking for a month or two) I do not get enough sleep. The end of this week was chronic with midnight being about the average time to eventually hit the sack.

It felt good to be back on the mat and as a person looking to compete not coach. It is a totally different sesation going on for you and not for everyone else.

Certainly not at an elite level this week, but every journey starts with the first step, and I just took my first step!

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