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FDSC almost there! Assignment progress 

Hi all,
Well, I finished off my second to last assignment for this last block. It was on Strength and Conditioning trends in Judo.

Quite a hard assignment as there is a distinct lack of evidence based research on conditioning for Judo. My assignment was on Olympic Lifting and sport specific conditioning. Despite the lack of evidence, it was a really interesting and challenging assignment to write.

I am looking now to write my final assignment for this block, a lab report on the Sterkowicz Special Judo Fitness Test. A subject I know about thanks to the course and the podcast, so hopefully I shall be able to write a good assignment on that.

Till next time.

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University of Bath, FDSC, Year Three, Block One FInished. (almost) 

Hi all,
well the block is over except for two assignments that need completing over the next two weeks.

I'm really tired and happy to be home where I spent the afternoon with my twins.

Thursday was an interesting day, handed in my assignments then waited and waited to do my practical assessment coaching an Olympic Power Clean. Hopefully I did okay. :)

Thursday night saw the traditional official social, which was a buffet and a Karaoke. Not really my cup of tea, I am a dreadful singer and all too aware of it. It was rather quiet I have to say.

Not a lot on Friday morning, mainly people handing in their assignments and getting on the road. We did watch a little of the European Champs online however. The SMS payment method for the video stream didn't work sadly (at least in the UK).

The GB players all lost in the first round, which is a shame. Of course the course is quite international so some folk were still sitting with crossed fingers when I left.

All in all the block has been good, but not great like previous blocks. Struggling to know why it's been disappointing. I think it has been the series of niggles rather than anything being wrong particularly. Perhaps, it's just the nearing end of the degree getting us down a bit? Or perhaps it's because as new year students have started we (the first cohort) are getting less attention than we got in the past, perhaps we are less pampered? Lindsay who looked looked after us in the first year seemed to be at every lecture, everyday. This year we've been seen anyone except the lecturers themselves. I dunno, it may well be just that the workload has increased and we just plain have to work harder and as such the enjoyment has lowered.

I was really happy with one of my assignments this time, particularly because I expanded it to meet the word count. :)
I think it is probably the single most complete assignment I've done. I think all the referencing is well done and relevant, and that the idea I was trying to express got across and was worthwhile.

Anyway... I was happy with it.

So I have two more 1000 word assignments to get done in the next two weeks so shoulder to the grindstone!

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TeamBATH at the BUSA Judo champs photo gallery. 

By the magic of facebook I spotted a online gallery of the TeamBATH judo players in action at the BUSA champs.

Some great shots in there.

heres the link ... /index.htm

What I notice is this, there are a heck of a lot of Bath people there. A Mike, Barry, Juergen, Hidemi, Matt, Katie, Katrina etc. show don't appear to have judogi and are simply there supporting the athletes.

Excellent, I've been on national team trips away with less support than that. Perhaps the gallery is a visual representation of the power of TeamBATH. Lots of players, lots of support. A big team working together and supporting one another, how do you beat that machine?


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NZJF Presidents newsletter featuring.... me! 

Not sure how this slipped under my radar, but the little report I did on the course in Bath was included in Harry O'Rourke's presidents newsletter at the end of last year.

Here it is: ... age746.htm

Includes the team photo from the first year of the course.

Take a look.
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FDSC, University of Bath, Year Three, Day Eight. 

Almost there for another block.
Today was mainly assignment work, with the two assignments being due in Thursday & Friday I think most everyone spent today working on assignements.

That said, we had a Keynote from Malcolm Arnold (UK Athletics coach, coach to Colin Jackson and others). I found it really interesting although it is a little disheartening in ways. Mainly because he talked about the financial pressures on athletes. As in the pressure from getting paid to attend races. Not the pressure Judo is used to in that we have no cash.

His view was that winning Olympic gold opened doors (financial) to athletes. He is right in his sport, but sadly I don't think that it is true for a majority of the world when it comes to Judo. Winning an Olympic Judo gold I struggle to believe is going to "set you up for life" in a majority of countries.

I do believe it opens the doors to an easier path to the upper echelons of our sport. Which has a degree of financial reward, but I don't consider it the same direct link to financial reward that winning the 100m brings. Not a lot of Nike gold Judogi out there like Michael Johnson is there.

Nick took us for a Strength & Conditioning lecture on Endurance training. Which was interesting and relevant to Judo. What Nick does well is relate it back to Judo with some form of understanding of the sport of Judo. He also keeps us on the straight and Narrow in regard to being sports scientists not just Judo instructors.

The afternoon was purely "tutorials", which is code for GET YOUR ASSIGNMENTS DONE ON TIME!!!

Quiet evening meal, everyone focussed mainly on assignments, which is a shame. A few people have commented to me about how much less fun this block has been when compared to other ones. Even though, for example the first block was so busy it put my head in a spin.

One of the strengths of the course is the (WARNING Trendy business jargon ahead) "networking" opportunity the course provides. By that I mean that I get to sit around a table in the evening with a group of Judo luminaries and everyone shares their opinions and views. They talk about what they are doing, what they have planned etc.

It is a really powerful and useful situation. Shame this block it's been subverted by the need to get some work done. It also makes the general fun level lower.

Not wanting to whinge about it though, because I have been putting the effort in to have a few beers everynight. :) It's a dirty job but someone has to do it!

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