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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 8. 

Today was a day of two halves really, the first was our first assessment of the block, the Viva that I mentioned yesterday. Basically, how it worked out was that I watched a full fight, in my case the fight between Teddy Riner and Kosei Inoue at the Rio World Champs.
I then left the room and a little while later sat down with World champions Jane Bridge and Emanuela Pierantozzi and I had to describe the fight to them. So I had to describe the players, the strategies, the tactics, the grips, the attacks, etc.
They then leveled a series of questions at me and we discussed the various aspects of the fight.

The second part of the day was our whole year group working on our group assignment, which is a website about performance Judo structures. It was really interesting to be involved and engaged with everyone working together on one project but in small subset groups.

It was in fact almost exactly what I had hoped for at the EJU Seminar, it had that "Hackday" feel. Everyone was working away in pairs or small groups and moving between the groups checking that what they were working on would match up with what the whole group was producing.


Anyway... Judo debate is tomorrow and lots of work so I had better keep this short.
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How to celebrate your gold... direct from 

This video is now on on do go take a look, will soon get busy as the Olympic Judo Tournament in Beijing begins.

Puskitas Olympics - video powered by Metacafe
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“Judo-The Open Source Martial Art” 

Mike, Gene from www.the and I sat down a while back and had a conversation talking about the lecture I gave in April at University of Bath (and am giving again in August for the BJA).

Well it is now online over on the site. Take a listen over at

If you want more my original post on this site about the lecture is here: ... 326-043928

Or if you want to hear/see the lecture live, take a look here: ... =2008#2308

TIMES : from 9.30am to 2.00pm.
VENUE : Walsall Judo Centre, Walsall, West Midlands.
ORGANISER : Joyce Heron.
CONTACT : 07967 773813 or email as below.
COST : £20.00 per candidate (cheques payable to BRITISH JUDO ASSOCIATION please).
APPLICATIONS : to Joyce Heron, 40 Waterfront Way, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 9NH.
CLOSING DATE : 18th. August, 2008.

Course tutors for this course are Dave Elmore (Development Officer for University of Wolverhampton) and Lance Wicks who has developed ”digital natives” which tackles keeping junior judo players interested through the use of computer communication - a new approach.


*** Note I did not invent the term "Digital Natives" I just applied it to coaching sport and specifically to our sport Judo.
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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 7.  

Today has been a busy day, we started with a Kumi Kata (grip fighting) session in the Dojo with Emanuela Pierantozzi who we also had latter in the day for a keynote lecture where she described her judo career.

Emanuela (according to the little biography we were given) is a three time Olympian Barcelona (silver), Atlanta and Sydney (bronze). Take a look over at ... ierantozzi for more on her contest record. She is now a "Professor of Martial Arts" at the University of Genova.

The interesting thing about her Kumi Kata session was how personal it was to her own Judo. This was not a "here is how it should be done" session. It was her explaining how she gripped/grips along with the reasons why she gripped this way based on the players she fought and here physical abilities and stature.
During here career whe went from -66kg to -78kg so went from being larger than most of her opponents do being shorter on occasions, so her grips changed to match her situation. It was interesting and refreshing to have a technique session that although being good for all was "referenced" in part by her real world application.

The rest of our day was spent with Patrick Roux (One lecture in the Dojo and one in a classroom). The first was on Judo Situations fro our Sports Specific Situational Analysis module. The second was for Managing Information and was on Planning & Decision-making. Both were interesting.

Afterwards, I have spent some time watching some judo videos for tomorrows assessment with Jane Bridge and Emanuela (ulp).

The assessment takes this form:
"You will be asked to present a tactical and situational analysis of a videoed judo contest which will be shown to you individually in a viva situation. You will view the fight once through individually, then 20 minutes preparation time will be allocated after viewing.
Tactics, situations, kumi kata will be expected to be discussed during the viva."

No stress there eh!? Just describe to two world champions what my assessment of an elite level contest is! Ah well, I am sure everything will land sunnyside up! It is also a good opportunity to get my head ready for the Olympics and the site where we hope to be providing some alternative coverage of the Beijing Judo event.

So... I am going to watch a few more videos then call it it a night and get an early night I think. The week and block is nearing the end... i am not sure if I am glad or sad at this point.

I am tired and am really struggling being away from home and my family! I find it really hard being away from them, I tend to try and keep it out of my mind as much as I can and am probably a terrible husband as I tend not to telephone home as it really does make me sad calling home. And I think Friday is not quite close enough for the thought of seeing wife and twins to cheer me up.

Right... enough of that! See you tomorrow.

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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 6.  

Hello everyone, I am really surprised sometimes by quite how many people are following my little journey towards a decent Judo education. So thanks for being with me and I hope you get something from the posts.

Today is Monday here in Bath and back to the lectures after a weekend of comparative calm. For us on the honours degree course today was a killer start back, 4 lectures in a row in the same room!

first up was a session on "Management, Theory and Methods of Communication" by Sara Hale, who took us last week for a recruitment lecture, whee she made the suggestion that employers might search FaceBook for you. This was interesting based on some of the comments I have made both on my lecture of last block and also my experiences in blogging and how what you express/share online can have negative effects.

Second was a the first of two lectures with Mike Callan. This session was on how we should proceed with the remainder of out research projects. At present I have a Gantt chart that has me completing it in May... DOH! Some refinement needed there to make the April completion date then.

The second session with mike was immediately after lunch and was on Recruitment and Selection Processes. This was really interesting as Mike spoke about the process of recruiting Juergen and the teaching fellows into Bath. Mike really gets recruitment and it is much smarter than the CV database scanning that I see in other sectors here in the UK. The whole sitting at the Athens Olympic Judo and saying "Somewhere in this hall is the next head coach of Bath" was really cool and intelligent. The idea that the person of suitable abilities and aptitude would be someone who made the effort to be there really got me, and made me regret even more not trying to get to Beijing.

Lastly we had a session with Patrick Roux on Managing the coaches/managing the plan. In this sessionwe did a lot of the work ourselves in groups. Where we eneded up covering a variety of concepts towards managing performance one might say.
After the lecture we decied how we are going to tackle our group assessment project for this module.

Lastly this evening was the Randori session.
Great to see a clutch of players from Gosport! There were something like 50+ people on the mat and the quality was as always good. I had some good rumbles, sadly the break I have had since the masters has not helped the fitness and I was decidedly purple for a vast majority of the randori! But you know thats haf the fun! What was also fun was doing a little Capoeira with Jo, reminds me i should pack all this Judo stuff in and got do Capoeira again whilst I have a hope of learning some cool acrobatics still. ;-)

Later I repeated (this time to Patrick) my feeling that a good Randori has almost the same emotional feeling to a good Roda in Capoeira. The similarities are quite scary and Patrick seemed to agree

Later I shared a few beers with my fellow students and arranged some "Noodles" with Mas, hopefully it will pay off as it did last week. Talking Judo with the people in Bath is such a pleasure, and to be frank a privilege. I get to speak such a variety of people and learn as much out of lectures as I ever do in the lectures themselves. The people I now consider friends are some of the best educated judo people around and all have unique areas where I learn from them! It is amazing to sit with a bunch of "lads" whose conversation ranges from football and beers through to the history of Judo and the various editions of books they have from the turn of the century and how certain authors influenced things in certain ways. And then of course back to the appropriate amount of butter to have on stove cooked toast. ;-)

Gosh, we have two Judo sessions (practical tomorrow so I must away to my bed!) I am looking forward very much to Emanuela Pierantozzi's practical session and her keynote lecture.

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