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Bath University - Year Three, Day 1 

Hi All,

Well, I am back at the University of Bath on my Foundation Degree in Sports Performance (FDSC) Judo Block Route.

As always, I shall try and blog everyday to say what happened and share some of what I learn and experience on the course. There is some problem with the internet connections in our rooms, so all posts (for now at least) will need to be done in the library, so I may have some issues getting the posts out. (Also, no Skype allowed at the University, so I shan't be online in skypeland, try looking for me with any of my other instant messaging accounts, or email me.

Today was pretty easy going, after our initial get together and introduction we had an hour and a half light training with Juergen Klinger (who I might add has been a guest on ).

later we were fortunate to have a Keynote lecture from Juergen.
In his keynote he discussed working with elite (Olympic gold medal level) athletes.

It was a good lecture where he shared some great reflections on players and his relationships with them. He is obviously quite an ethical person I think and believes in being very close with an athlete and being involved not only in their Judo but in their lives as well.

He talked about the top players having a "NEED" to succeed, a NEED to win, a NEED to get the medals. He mentioned this in the context of that being what makes the difference between technically good and being the best.

He also spoke about players losing that need, be it through completion of their goals and career. Or through other aspects of the person filling that need, for example someones career satisfying them.

It was very thoughtful and insightful stuff.

We also were given some information on the Honours top-up year that some of us will be able to enroll for next year. This would give us (I believe) a full BSC.
If I can drag my grades higher I would love to do this, partially because I just want to keep coming. But mainly because a goodly chunk of the credits for the course would need to come from a research project, which is very much where I feel I want to be right now.

I would like to take the research I did at the Commonwealth Tournament last year, build upon it and perhaps repeat the work at more events and use that as my research project. Especially haven spoken to Emerson & Stanislaw on the podcast, I feel really enthusiastic and encouraged to do Judo research!

All I have to do is magic my way on the honours year now!!

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Podcast Episode 8 - Densign White, online now! 

Hi all,

Densign was really great and called me this morning to arrange this podcast, we were able to talk in agap in his always busy schedule.
As usual we start with how Design started in Judo, we cover his long and illustrious competitive career leading up to his present role as chairman of the British Judo Association. We talk about his role as a sporting director in the European Judo Union and what it entails.

We discuss his vision of what the chairman should do and the results of this.
We discuss the new technical restrictions in competition rules for under 12s, which includes not allowing drop and sutemi techniques.
This is aimed at ensuring that kids develop good technical skills before becoming to focused on competitive techniques.

We also discuss such topics as the new coaching structures (UKCC) and other factors such as the financial and commercial operation of a Judo association. We discuss the involvement of Group4 Security and Sir Clive Woodward with the British Judo Association (BJA).

I am really pleased to have gotten this podcast "in the can" before heading off to Bath next week, please (please, PLEASE!) email me your comments.
Just email them to me at

The episode is over here:
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Lots of great things coming soon! 

Hi all,
I know, I know, I've been quiet for a long while, sorry.

I have been doing too many things with the few hours I have left in a week after work and kids, etc.

I have been doing lots of coding for an old friend, which has taken up the bulk of my free time. The code is now at the Beta stage and is pretty sweet, should be able to point folk at it soon.

I have also been preparing for my trip to Bath next week. I hope to learn a lot and also get lots of recordings done for the podcast. The course has so many great people on it and the number increases again this year as a third cohort join us.

On the subject of the podcast, I have been discussing a new idea with Mike in the US ( ). Which from the brief chats we've had about it should be great.

I have another, less exciting, but really useful podcast idea which I am thinking of doing.

Whilst in Bath I hope to do some web design work and make use of some of the domains I have not been using so far, so keep tuned.

Feedback on the podcast with Emerson has been great, please do email me with any comments. I have uploaded a slightly better sounding one to the original after the initial flurry of comments about the sound quality.

Whilst in Bath, I hope to be using some top quality audio gear, so the audio will hopefully be terrific!

Exciting couple of weeks ahead, I wish I hadn't been fighting a cold for a week or so!

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Mayo Quanchi Judo Team - Summer Judo Camp 

Serge over in the USA has just sent me through some information on his Judo Camp. Below are some rough details, contact Serge for more details, tell him Lance sent you. :)

Open to judoka of all levels. Coaches are welcome.
This camp is a great opportunity to train with some of the best in the USA and the UK.

Place: Mayo Quanchi Judo club
751 Main Street
West Warwick R.I. 02831

Due to the number of judoka we will be breaking our camp up into 3/ 5 day segments: June 15th-20,th 20th-25,th We will be on a first come first serve basis. In the application below you will need to provide the dates you wish to attend. Multiple weeks are possible.

Camp fee for home stay and all meals included will be: $175 if received by April 20th, April 20th May 10th $200. If space is still available after May 10th the cost will be $250.

Camp fee for staying on your own $150

Contact Serge Bouyssou (401) 647-4678 or

Please make checks payable to Serge Bouyssou and mail application and waiver to Serge Bouyssou 290 Matteson road Hope R.I. 02831

Due to the fact that these camps have grown so much, we will be on a first come first serve basis.

Airport to fly into: Providence

Please remember to bring Sleeping bags and swimwear.

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Podcast Episode 7 uploading now! 

Over at the latest episode is uploading!

It is a great episode with Emerson Franchini.

It should be up in about half an hour!
It's at

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