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The networked student/Judoka. 

For a while now I have been following the Twitter and Blog posts of a lady called Sarah Stewart, a midwife and Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand (although she is British originally).

Midwifery and Judo are similar from what I perceive, technology has not really pierced the way it is taught yet. But it is starting to.

Sarah's Blog is a good read and I recommend it even though it has no Judo content. ;-)

In a recent post, she talked about connectivism and the networked student. I like what she had to say, hence this post.

In the post she shows this video

Which if you can't see it is here:

If you are a Judo coach, you should really go read the post over at ... dents.html

It is well written and very interesting, just replace the word student with Judoka and you'll do fine! :-)

I also recommend taking a look at this post ( ... ation.html ) which covers an evaluation of the online course she has been teaching, really interesting stuff.


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Nage no Kata demonstration... I don't like it. 

In this video on Youtube we see a demonstration of Nage no Kata from Japan ( ).

As the title of this post says, I don't like this Kata demonstration and here is why.

The Kata is dead, there is no life to the two people demonstrating. There is no clear demonstration of the principles of Judo.

If we take the first throw for example. Uke takes a grip, then both people step together. They take their steps and Tori drops on one knee and Uke falls and does Ukemi.

They are Japanese 6th Dans, I am a mere Kiwi Ni-Dan. Who am I to criticise.

But I am going to! :-)
My issue with this demonstration is that Uke does not attack Tori. He does not start the movement, he does not push Tori.

Tori does not "accept" the attack then on the second step draw Uke onwards, taking control of Uke's balance.

Tori drops on one knee and Uke somersaults. Tori is not throwing, Uke would not have fallen if he did not throw himself.

To me, this is why I do not like this demonstration. To me it is an example of why people go off Kata. It is formal walking through of the Kata. As opposed to a demonstration of the principles and techniques of Judo.

I could be wrong, I am no "expert" in Kata. This is just my interpretation of what I see and what I believe.

What do you think?

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Pages every Judo club website should have. 

I recently came across the Marketing Martial Arts website and although I have only had the smallest of browses around it has some really good content.

The entry that I had sent myself is the one on the 8 pages every club site should have.

Basically, the article suggests your club site should have the following pages:

1. Home page
2. Contact Us
3. About Us
4. Frequently Asked Questions
5. What You’ll Learn
6. Training Schedule
7. Why Train Here
8. Offer Page

I think Ryan's ideas are valid and we as Judoka can learn a lot from this Kempo man.

I am surprised that he did not include a "Find Us/Map" page. But I suspect you'd look at the About Us or Contact Us page.

Of course I would argue that there should be a Blog page, but perhaps you could make that the Training Schedule Page.

I am pleased that he did NOT include a What is Judo page or History page. These are vaguely interesting, but Wikipedia is probably a better source of information, or
Which means it is just junk in the way of visitors finding the information they need to get along to your club and get started.

He also does not cover how a website should serve your existing members. This is as his focus is on marketing to new people I guess.

I wonder if perhas in time clubs will have two sites. One for members, one for non-members?

Do take a look at the site, there is a lot of stuff you can take away and apply in your Judo club there.


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Now this is how you sell Judo to a school...! 

This video I found on the OKCDT website and I think is from Australia.

Please note the laughter, the clear message of what Judo involves. The "ooh"s and "ahh"s. The loud applause. Note also the use of male and female demonstrators and of people of different sizes.

Excellent job, lessons to be learnt by us all in this one!
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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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