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New IJF rules... again. 

The IJF has been testing new rules for competition, these were trialed at the 2008 Junior World Champs. (Podcast about it here and here).

Since the event in October, the IJF has published some more documents in regard to the rules; including on the (new) gi measuring device.

I couldn't on first glance see them anywhere on the IJF website ( ) but to save you some surfing I am putting them here/below:

2008 Ijf Ref New Rules Wc Bangkok'08 Final Tested
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport Judo

2008 IJF REF Rules Kumi-Kata 1
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

2008 IJF REF Rules Negative 2
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

How to Use Sokuteiki
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

Sokuteiki Rule Eng Spa Fre
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

Please post your thoughts in the comments.

** Those of you reading this in a feedreader or on the documents may not be visible so please come to ... 112-095842 to see them. ***
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Another quick plug for a new Judo Blog! 

Dave, another of my colleagues at the University of Bath has a great blog on the go. And he has asked that I pimp it here. For him... anything!

So Dave is running the Advanced Apprenticeship Judo Blog.

The Blog is by Dave of Wolverhampton Uni and is following the AASEJUDO scheme. The AASE is to quote the website:

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence is for Judo players aged 16 to 18 who are seeking a future career in the sport. It combines education and training and players benefit from 16 hours of free high quality Judo training per week including a strength and conditioning programme. The remainder of the time is spent studying at college in a sports related qualification.

The blog started off with weekly summaries, but Dave is pulling out all the stops now and it is getting updates, pictures and as of this week videos too! So I have added the blog to and I am following it via that and also have subscribed to the feed on my iPhone as I think it is great!

So, Dave there you are, I have plugged you blog mate! ;-) Keep it going and I hope Dale is ok.

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Judo... quick to change in some areas, not in others. 

In Judo, competition techniques change fast. What was working last year does not work this year. In the clubs yu see techniques being changed fast and regularly. We see stylistic changes regularly too.

So Judo people are rightly known as adaptable. Yet in other area we are so slow to change it is frightening!

I run my Judo podcast which was not my idea, it was Mike's idea, I just created a European version of his Judo Podcast. And to be frank, both Mike and I, were late to the party. Karate and Aikido had podcasts before we started ours.

Yet, here we are in late 2008 and there are still only 2 Judo podcasts. I started mine after Mike and mine started in 2006! And there are still just the two podcasts. Why? Is podcasting a bad idea? Is sharing expert knowledge with as many people as possible a bad idea? Yet there remain only two podcasts on Judo? Why are we not adapting?

Thoughts of Temjin 2
I have been blogging about Judo for years, roughly 2003 I think I started. Yet 5 years later there are only 70 odd blog feeds I have tracked down. Not exactly a huge number! What tiny percentage of the global Judo community is that?

I have given a lecture on "Coaching Digital Natives" ( ... al-natives ) to Judo coaches here in the UK. It was quite flattering and very rewarding that many of the Judo people in the lecture have now started blogs, Facebook groups etc (I am also giving the lecture again at the end of the month for the BJA by the way).

So change is possible... I have not given up hope for Judo, despite what some people may think from my cynical posts. I personally have met some great people doing awesome things. They are doing new and exciting things, and they are working!

But... they are doing it outside of the system. As individuals Judoka seem to be adaptable. But perhaps it is the associations/federations that are not adaptable.

Maybe this should be the focus of our attentions?
Maybe we should be driving forward new ideas deep into the hearts of our governing bodies? Maybe instead of doing cool new things, people should stop doing that and attend meetings? Maybe we should all show up on mass at the next commission/sub-committee meeting and cause some waves?

I don't think so. The "shock absorber" bureaucracy that is associations, meetings, commissions might be too much for us to overcome and worse the innovtors might be sucked into the mediocracy!

So what to do?
Well... here is my thought, lets seek out the innovators, the radicals. Seek them out and encourage them. Tell them they are "fighting the good fight" and support them 110%. Better yet find ways to get them together. Together in person, together online. And promote there ideas where ever and however we can.

...and then you can have ice cream! :-)

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A quick plug for Mark Brewer's new Blog website. 

I just wanted to try and push a little traffic at the website of New Zealand Judo Player Mark Brewer.

Mark is a young kiwi training at an Olympic training centre in Cologne, Germany. Which is pretty tough going for a guy from a small town in a small country from the otherside of the planet.

No taking it easy for Mark, he is on the mat training with the likes of Ole Bischoff Olympic Gold Medalist!

Mark's site is over at so please take a look and say hello, leave an encouraging comment.

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A comparison between two Judo events. 

So, recently two Judo events were held, the 2008 Senior British Trials and the Heartland Team Championships. I thought I'd compare and contrast, in my own entirely biased way... so don't expect this to be a stunning endorsement of the BJA. ;-)

So I shall start by making it even more clear that I am biased. The Heartland even was organised by Mike Darter, the man behind which was and still is the inspiration for my own podcast. Mike's an innovator and the BJA is a large organisation.

I should also state that I did not attend either event, the Heartland event was in Oklahoma City in the USA. The British Trials in Sheffield, here in England.

What I shan't be comparing is the differences between a team event and individual competition. Nor between British Judo and American Judo. It is also not about number of players, quality of players, etc. Although, argueably the British Trials would be a bigger/better event in each case. As there were current Olympians at the trials and (I think) more players and more mats.

But, lets look at some other things; more in my area of fascination.

So lets start off with the website:

Easy win for the Heartland event here, they have a website; as far as I have been able to find the Trials do not. Although you could argue that the B.J.A. website is the website for the trials.

Now... I am going to say that the BJA site is the Trials site.
So it's late sunday night and the amount of information available of the event is.... Zero.

If we compare this with the Heartland event. Live streamed video. Full results, Free team photos and professional photographer covering the whole event.

So, shall I compare anything else.... do you think it is worth it?

No... neither do I.

So this is basically the point of my post.
Mike and his colleagues managed to put together a far superior presence and (most probably) more enjoyable event than the much larger BJA. Now Mike is self-funded, the BJA has lottery funding, membership fees and of course revenue from elsewhere such as their Merchandising efforts (lets not discuss that! Ask me one day about the new clothing line the BJA have put out yeah?).

Mike vs. the BJA.
David vs. Goliath.

To be honest, it is an unfair comparison. Mike is a innovator, the BJA is a bureaucracy.
That said... the BJA should (in my opinion at least) be able to do better than Mike. I suspect the issue here is that the BJA (probably) didn't even try and put a web presence together. They are far from digital natives after all. And to be frank they probably farmed the organisation off on an area committee.

So why am I bothering to piss off the BJA by comparing it to a small event on Oklahoma City and saying that the small event was better??

Because I think that it is important to highlight that the BJA should be doing better on the web, I have (many times) bemoaned the BJA website failings. In this day and age, the BJA needs to be properly engaged with it's "customers" aka "members" via the web.

The internet is the place we look for information, entertainment, news, etc. It is where we find things, its where we stay connected, especially if you are a young person like the majority of the BJA membership.

Mike put together his event and integral to it was the website.
From before it had a name, he considered and started planning what he could do online. Then he bought a domain, got a logo madeup, put a site online. THEN he secured a venue, got entries etc etc.

Consider for a moment the monumental difference in approach here.
The website in Oklahoma came before almost everything else, it was/is a key component of the event. Contrast that with the website-less British Trials.

I would like you to Google both events for me. Come back and in the comments (or via email) let me know what you find. Tell me what your reaction to the Heartland Team event is. Tell me how many people will visit the Heartland site and see the videos? How many people will gain from that, get a positive experience, tell a friend, enter next year?

Let me know please. BJA folk (and I know you are lurking out there, not commenting on the site) let me know why one guy in Oklahoma City can kick your butt?

So, off you go folks, see what you can find on both events, come back and tell me what you think. To get you started below is a video from Mike's site. It's hosted on a free web service which makes it easy for me to share it here, nice huh!

P.s. Thats Mike in the third image, on the right. ;-)
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