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FDSC Year 3, Block 2, Day 2. 

Today was sunny! Brilliant change of weather given the recent rubbish rain and flooding etc here in the UK. So I spent almost the entire day indoors in lectures!

Today started with Kate Eddy on mental skills development (sport psychology). It was a good session which I enjoyed. We did quite a bit of group work in threes and fours, discussing the topics around mental skills for Judo athletes. About the demands on a Judoka mentally speaking. Really interesting topic, with great discussion.

An interesting area we discussed and perhaps it was off topic was dieting and eating disorders in Judo. It was around this thing that we talk a lot about how crash dieting and losing weight through dehydration etc is bad. Yet, as one person said "..I've never met an Olympic medalist who has not lost weight (crash dieted) to make weight...".

The train of thought it led me along was, that perhaps we (judo generally) talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. In that we (again speaking generally here) say that crash dieting and weight cycling is bad and invite nutritionists etc to tell our athletes not to do it. Yet, it would appear that A)its not working as athletes are still doing it and B)The elite players do it and succeed.

So... What to do? Do we do more to tackle the problem and change this? Or do we perhaps classify it as a risk of the sport and educate and monitor our athletes as to how to do it with the minimum of risk?

If we are going to stop it, then perhaps we need to get rid of weight categories? Or have several weigh ins over a period of days/weeks/months to ensure that athletes are not losing excess amounts of weight.

or...And I don't suggest that this is the right thing to do.
Do we accept and develop our weight management strategies with our athletes? Do we be honest about the situation and tackle it openly, perhaps embrace it?

I don't have a clue how you might go about this alternative approach, personally I think it's better to change the way the sport is structured to prevent the need/urge to diet.

So after that we had Sara Hale again, who continued our lectures on Notational analysis. Specifically covering some notation systems for Hockey and Rugby. Fortunately for me (or perhaps not) I knew much of what she was covering as I had done lots of reading last year before doing my notation research at the commonwealths. So perhaps I found it a bit dryer and harder to stay focussed on than perhaps everyone else.

After lunch the day continued with an interesting session with Tommy Mortenson about fight analysis. He had some really interesting things to talk about and I really enjoyed speaking with him afterwards as we were able to talk in a little detail about what sort of data he had examined and what he thought was useful. Which again fitted well with my interests in statistics for Judo. Unfortunately he was not able to share some of the spreadsheets and the data he had collected in the past as at some point in the past his computer had been infected and it was all lost! :(

Finally, Steve Gawthorpe took a Ne-Waza session, which was excellent (although I decided to stay off the mat as I am trying to let my ankle recover from the sprain I received during the Winchester 5KM last week).

Steve, is one energetic guy and his ne-waza looked scary! Glad I was not his Uke! :) It would be excellent to see more of his work and to prise more of his thoughts out of him.

This evening I am trying to stay in the room and get some work done on my assignments, it's pretty darn crowded, our first piece of work is due in on Friday, then we have assignments due in everyday next week!!!! :(

My brain may expire!

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FDSC Year Three, Block 2, Day 1 

Hi all,
well it's terrific to be here in Bath again, weather excluded of course. :(

Today is the start of the final block on my FDSC adventure, which as I've indicated in an earlier post is tinged slightly with the sad realization that this is the end of this course.

Today was a little different for me, as along with attending some lectures I took one also.

Today started with Sara Hale, who is taking our Performance Analysis module. Today was a generic history of performance analysis and notational analysis. So covering from ancient Egypt through earlier musical notation (11th century), to Dance (15th Century) through to today.

I am really interested by this subject as I have been down this path myself. My research in Northern Ireland last year was notational analysis.

This lecture was followed by my lecture on the e-learning system MOODLE. As a keynote lecture it means I stood there and spoke to all three years of students, ulp!
Hopefully, I got the message across about the potential benefits Moodle has to offer us all. Mike Callan took some notes and is going to implement some of the ideas that were suggested by my fellow students.

After lunch, we had Tracy Rea. Tracy is taking our Mental Skills Development module. She was great and has got us thinking about what we are going to do for our oral presentations at the conference next week. She was immediately in my good books as one of the things she handed out was a psychological skills training handout/booklet from Sport Science New Zealand.

After this we had a session with Mike Callan discussing our Learning in the Workplace assignment and how the assessment will work. Also discussion ideas of how to tackle the task of doing our presentation posters.

So in summary, not bad all in all. Rooms... well I LOVED the heat and pressure of the shower I had this morning! Shame I had to climb up a couple of flights of stairs to get to the communal shower and WC. Dude... wheres my ensuite!

One of the things we have to do this block is revise our Judo CV. Today has added "lecturer" LOL :) Gotta love that! Right, where's the bar!
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Off to Bath, let the Blogging begin. 

Today I leave for two weeks at University of Bath, to complete my FDSC in Sports Performance.

As per usual, I plan on blogging daily to capture the experience of doing the course, both for me personally and for those interested in the course. So stay tuned for more over the next two week!

This is the final block (2 weeks, twice a year) and in a weird way it feels like when I got ready to see the final Lord of the Rings movie. That feling of anticipation, knowing it was going to be great, that you are going to really enjoy it! Yet, somewhere there is a sad sensation lurking, that knowing that this is the end. That there is no more to look forward to.


The hope is that I'll make the BSC. top up year (18 months) which will give me more time in Bath. We shall wait and see eh.

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Judo Conference site up. 

Hi all,

as some are aware, I am heading of to University of Bath next week. As part of this our final block in Bath we are arranging a academic conference. To (hopefully) help this process and make sure we do it right, I have installed some great looking software from

The software is installed and running at and the the conference itself is at

The year two students are putting on a debate (second annual) and I have put a page up for it at

Please do visit the sites, and if you are in Bath on the 2nd of August, please do consider coming along and checking out the debateand the conference.

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I have just posted the following email on the podcast mailing list ( here ) for the podcast ( ). I would very much like to hear from blog readers who have questions also.


Hi All,

firstly a quick apology for the silence emanating from website.
Life and complications in scheduling interviews has meant I have not managed to record any podcasts lately.
This is about to change and I'd like your help.

Next week I leave for my regular two week stint at University of Bath, attending the Judo specific degree course in Sports Performance.
It may well be my last visit as this is the final block in my course. (I however am hoping to return for the BSC course)

My plan is to record some of the keynote lectures and also to record some interviews with my fellow students.
I am thinking of doing a "montage" type podcast all about the course, getting peoples opinions, impressions, etc.
Focusing mainly on we the first cohort of students to complete the entire course, but also getting a view from those that follow in our footsteps.

So, this is where you come in...

Please forward me ( ) whatever questions you might have about the course.
I'll endeavour to ask my fellow students, the lecturers and admin staff and try and get some good answers.

So, if you have a nagging question, fire away!

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