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University of Bath, Bsc. EJU Level 5 - Block 1, Day 1. 

Hello all, and welcome back to my blogging about my experiences participating in education at the University of Bath. As with previous years, during my FdSc. (EJU Level 4) course, I shall endeavor to record on this blog my experiences, reactions, thoughts, opinions, etc.

Hopefully, someone out there will find it interesting and worthwhile to read. Please do let me know if you read this blog. I'd really appreciate hearing from you.

So, if you have been following this blog for a while, you'll know that last year I graduated from the FdSc course here at University of Bath. After considerable thought and consideration (primarily in regard to family holidays and better uses of my 20 days leave/vacation per year) I signed up for the Bsc course that follows on from the FdSc.

Today was the first day on this new course and it is great to be back on campus and my brain realised about lunchtime what it had to do. :-)

This year the staff at the University has grown and iin the Judo specific side of things we have the great privilege to have Jurgen Klinger back again. We are also fortunate to have the two new fulltime tutors here. Patrick Roux and Jane Bridge.

Jane Bridge (7th Dan) is a former World and European Champion, and has been living and coaching in France until recently. Patrick Roux (6th Dan) is World and European medalist, he was also the French Junior national coach. Both Jane & Patrick were involved in the highly respected French Coach Education system.

Jane I have met before and have the utmost respect for. In part because of her obvious abilities but also because of one gentleman she brought to Bath previously who worked for the team she was coaching in France. He was not a "Judo Man" as such, yet had considered quite deeply Judo performance and developed physical conditioning approaches based on his views. The fact that Jane looked outside of the obvious, was for me a great endorsement of a coach who is willing to think "outside the box" (If you'll pardon the cliche).

Patrick, I have not met before, but hear nothing but good things about.
Watching him on the mat tonight in the randori session, I suspect that all that I have heard is true and am looking forward to learning from him.

Today's lectures started with a low-key discussion session with Patrick and Jurgen about Modern Performance. It branched in part into a discussion about the divergent streams in Judo, Education and Elite/Olympic sport.

In the afternoon, we had two "hold onto your hats" here is what you've signed up for sessions. Lisa Bradley took us for the first of many lectures on finance, then Mike Callan started us thinking about the 12 month research project we will be completing as part of the Bsc course, ulp! The discussion about qualitative vs. quantitive research was great and although I had planned/assumed I would do quantitive research, I am tempted (in part by Mike's bringing up of the podcast) to consider a qualitative project. That said, I am a geek, so quantitive is definitely more in alignment with my personality and abilities I suspect.

This evening I participated in the Randori session, which was good and obviously part of the World Masters preparation. As with the Hampshire Champs, my recovery is actually pretty good, but my ATP system is nearly non-existent. So, I end up in a randori unable to execute technique because physically I am exhausted. Frustratingly, a minute or two off the mat and I feel okay again and my frustration grows becuase I am unable to physically achieve what my mind/spirit wants to do and knows it should be able to do.

University of Bath is a ghost-town at the moment, as it is the Easter holiday, so nothing is open. Not even the student bar, which as you can imagine is dreadfully upsetting for me. ;-)
That said, it gives me more time this evening to polish my keynote lecture for tomorrows delivery. The lecture is on "Coaching Digital Natives" and I hope that people will find it interesting, after I have delivered I shall probably post it on slideshare or on this blog, as well as on the university Moodle server.

It is great to be back and I am reminded how lucky I am to be here.

Till tomorrow!



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