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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 5.  

Hi everyone, well here we are at the end of Week 1 of this the second residential block of my BSc at University of Bath. Feels like the week has flown by, yet I still I have been here for months although I only arrived about this time last week.

Today I did a terrible thing, instead of hitting the first two lectures of the day, I hid in my room and worked on my Methodology for my research project some more. Shame too as it meant missing out on Syd Hoare's lectures. Syd did a classroom based lecture on "Judo Strategies" and a Dojo based one on "Judo situations" which I missed. Sounds like it was full of history and some was really interesting.

Having cleared the decks of my assignments I returned to the land of the living in the afternoon with a lecture by Sara Hale on "Internal recruitment Advantages and Disadvantages". To be fair it was more of an overview of the recruitment process. Though the part covering the internal recruitment area was interesting when you looked at it with your Judo hat and thought about how "internal" Judo recruitment (for jobs) is really and how this might not be the best way of doing things as it precludes talented people outside the sport.

We looked at a actual job advert for a Judo job and rewrote the advert following the principles discussed and also talked about the role and some of the issues about how the advert related. really interesting.

Then we had Jane Bridge takinga session on tactics in the Dojo. It was a great session actually, first we had a play with soem scenarios Jane gave us on slips of paper. Looking at the situation and how we might deal with it. Things like in my case a playr who does not take a grip but either footsweeps constantly or does lots of leg grabs... how do you cope with it. The other situation I was presented was a player you was a counter specialist.

We then sat down and discussed the situations and the issues to overcome and the variables that were in effect and their effect also. For example one group were presented the scenario of "playing the edge". We all discussed how that might affect a Judo fight, how both players might be affected or use it to affect the result of the fight. For example using the edge to get a reaction so you could throw with Seoi Nage. Or with the new dynamic edge rule, how you could get advantage by attacking in a way that took you outside the area. Maybe using the new dynamic edge so you could attack outside the area, where (at least for now) most people would not expect an attack to come from.
During the discussion, we talked about a bunch of things (as you tend to do in that environment), one of the things we discussed (not sure why) was about if a coach in Judo had to be a Judo coach/player? Mixed opinions of course, but an interesting discussion ensued around Johnny Wilkinson and the process of his kicking a ball and how in ways it is not that dissimilar to the process of going from your line at Hajime and throwing. Could Judo benefit from that training that allows Johnny (or of course the legend that is Dan Carter!!!!) to kick that well, that regularly?
Could a tennis coach bring a better performance out of a Judo player?

The lecture/session was just the right thing for a Friday afternoon, especially a friday where we all had this large and important assignment to get in. I really enjoyed having a little run about and losing some tension by doing a little practical. Then the discussion was really great. Everyone was positive and receptive to discussing scenarios, a real pleasure to bounce ideas around with people. Jane did a great job of delivering a relaxed session that we all enjoyed, perfect level for us I thought.

Obviously I was not the only one doing assignment work at the expense of lectures as the numbers were pretty low all day. In fact I think you had to work pretty hard to see a Judoka at times walking around.

So... with that assignment out of the way I am free to turn my attention to the two pieces of work we have to deliver/hand in next week and start on some of the other ones also. That'll keep me out of trouble over the weekend i am sure.

I hope to spend some time prectising watching Judo fight and describing what happens this weekend. This serves two purposes, first it will help me for the assessment next week where we have to observe a fight, then 20 minutes later describe the fight to someone covering styles, gripping methods, tactics and strategies, probably giving some ideas on how both players might have acted that would have affected their performance/result.
It is also good praqctise for the 2008 Olympic Games Judo being held in Beijing, as with i am helping to try and cover the action on

Anyway... it is Friday night and I am... heading to bed! It's beena long hard week in ways and I am knackered, so off to bed for me.
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