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BJA PR Role I applied for. 

Regular readers will remember me saying that I put my name in the hat for the 6 month contract at the British Judo Association as a PR and Events assistant.

Firstly I'd like to thank those people who sent me some very kind words as a result of the post. Thank you!

Secondly, I can confirm that I will not be taking the role, because I did not get an interview.

I am of course a little hurt (my pride and ego has been bruised). But I am also disappointed from the perspective of someone who cares about Judo.

Without letting my head expand too greatly, I do think I know a thing or two about promoting Judo. If you are reading this post, you have proven my point. If you have visited planetJudo or listened to one of my podcasts then my point is proven too.

I have also held Publicity roles in Judo before and helped organise International Judo events, and of course just this year organised and promoted the NZ Team tour to the World Masters ( ).

So I am suprised by the letter I received saying they had received "strong candidates" and that they were not going to progress my application further. The candidates they have shortlisted presumably have more experience at promoting Judo and at events than I do.

This is terrific news and I await public announcement of who gets the role as they must be pretty darn awesome! They will obviously be doing some great things to promote the sport and the events the BJA is putting on.

Perhaps Mike Darter applied the swine! ;-)

If I were (even more) bitter and cynical I might read the (very much closed) forum of the BJA. And look at the discussion thread about the vacancy ( ... w=1#UNREAD )

But I am not at all annoyed... honest! ;-)

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Finally themed my blog to match the rest of the site. 

Hi all,
if you are a regular visitor to you might have noticed that I have finally "themed" the blog to match the rest of the site. Personally I think it looks much better.

There are a few gremlims to drive out, if you spot an error please do let me know so I can fix it. I have been rather naughty and done the theming on the live site, so if you visited last night you may have noticed it looking very weird as I switched!

I have also created two Judo shops. One for the USA and one for the UK. The shops are powered by Amazon, so you can trust them. The proceeds will help pay for the rising costs of keeping this and my other Judo websites (like and ) online.

I am trying to dedicate more time and energy to the blogs, you may have noticed? I am trying to make sure they all get looked at and entries added about twice a week minimum.

So far I am doing okay and might be dieing of shock as I have posted quite a few posts in the last 2-3 weeks! :-)

I hope you like the new layout, I shall be adding additional pages to the site too over the next few weeks and launching an entirely new site! So stay tuned.

Lastly, I have added a subcribe by email box to the right of the main text. If you pop your email address in there, then all the updates for this site will be sent to your inbox as they happen. (The same feature is available on if you want updates from 70+ Judo sites in your inbox).

Talk soon,

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Densign White re-elected as a Sports Director of the European Judo Union.  

The BJA website has just posted that (another) fellow student of mine, Densign White, has just been re-elected as a Sports Director of the European Judo Union.

Densign is one of three Sports Directors, Daniel Lascau (Bath Graduate) and Indrek Pertelson being the other two.

This is Densign's second term (4 years per term), so obviously the EJU feel he is doing a good job!

Well Done/Congratulations Densign!
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Danny Murphy to become Hampshire Junior Squad Manager. 

Today I am really pleased to be able to say that Danny Murphy has been appointed Hampshire Junior Squad Manager.

Danny I know via University of Bath, he is a colleague of mine on the BSc/Level 5 coaching course. I have also had the pleasure of having him mat side when I have fought. Danny is a World Masters silver medallist and a coach at the famous Budokwai Club in London.

Danny spent some time with me discussing his plans for the role before he interviewed for the role, and I think that the Hampshire Association has picked the right guy! He has the expertise and the mindset to develop players properly to progress into being Judo athletes when they get older.

So a virtual round of applause for Danny and to Hampshire, good things will follow!
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The Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano book by Brian Watson. 

This week I was very fortunate to receive direct from japan a copy of Brian N. Watson's book "Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano" which is available to order in the USA , and UK (think of Christmas people).

Now with my recent podcast recording with Yves Cadot on the Writing of Kano in my mind, I sat down and browsed this book.

The book is based on the interviews Jigoro Kano gave to Torahei Ochiai, which have been translated by Mr. Watson.

I suspect this is the single best book in English available if you are interested in the opinions of Jigoro Kano. It covers a really broad range of areas a small subset (as mentioned by Neal of in his positive review of the book on Amazon are:

Establishment of the Kodokan
Pain is a Good Teacher
My Study of Kito Jujutsu
The Inspiration for Seiryoku Zenyo
The Kodokan Oath
Correct Randori Posture
Competitive Judo
Kodokan's First Foreign Trainees
Kodokan Ascendancy
The Ideal Judo Instructor
Itsutsu no Kata
Purpose of the Judokai
Ju no Kata and Go no Kata
Benefiting Oneself and Others

In my review on amazon I mentioned the Glossary, as I was pleasantly surprised by the contents there. Not only are some of the words defined, many of the people mentioned in the book have small summaries in the glossary too. This was really a great find, as it gave context to many of the names who are important figures in the history of Judo of course.

I have only browsed the book so far, and am just about to start reading it cover to cover. As it is broken down into articles, it is quite easy to pick up for a short period, get something useful out of it and put it down again. Once I have read it properly I shall review it again here, but on first impressions, I have to say this book should be in EVERY Judo persons library!

Finally I must thank Brian (and Neal) for my advance copy of the book. I feel immensely honored to be given the privilege to see the book early! Many Thanks!


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