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Some great coaching...shame I don't speak french. :( 

I found the video below this morning, it features a lady I have had the great privilege to met and speak with, Jane Bridge, World Champion. Jane, is/was coaching a professional/semi-professional Judo team in France, although I think she is now in the UK working at Team Bath.

Anyway, this is how I wish I did my Seoi Nage!

I found this video on this site anyone able to tell me more about the site> Also curious if I can get a copy of the DVD(s) that seem to be available... maybe.

You may also be interested in listening to Jane Speak in a keynote lecture at the University of Bath with fellow World Champion Daniel Lascau. It is split into two MP3 files over at (PART1, PART2).

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"Crashing"... a harsh reality in Judo training or just me? 

So this week I have missed all my Judo sessions.
Partly this is work related with me getting in home, but partly it's me having not tried hard enough to get to training.

Those of you have been following this blog for a while might have noticed I have done this before. It seems every four weeks or so, I "fall off the wagon", and my training dies for about a week.

In terms of coaching, you can expect this to happen with anyone you are coaching. Maybe not with the frequency I have finding, but all the people you meet will "lose it" occasionally.

There are two things to consider here, one is how to predict the crashes and second how to minimize the impact and or frequency.

So... Predicting a crash.
The best methodology I know to predict a crash is to keep good paperwork. Both you and your player should keep training records and diaries. Keep charts of the training, measure the amount, intensity, duration. Keep records also of the emotional and physical responses to the training. Was it a "good session", did you over do it, do you feel sick? Are you feeling positive or negative?

Again, both you AND your player need to keep diaries/records. Comparing the two will highlight areas where you and your player see things differently.

From these records you will hopefully be able to "see" patterns, like my 4 weekly crashes. Or maybe it's just after a competition (or just before)? Maybe it is a diet thing? Maybe it was a bad Randori?

Once you have started predicting the crashes you can start trying to...

...preventing and coping with crashes.

This to be frank is the hard bit and very much where your abilities / talents / skills / magic as a coach will be needed. It'll take a good knowledge of your player and of the causes of the crashes.

Then you'll need to decide upon, what they call in sport psychology, "interventions".
By that all they really mean "doing stuff" to make things better.

So, if you know that for example your players motivation crashes just before a competition, you can address this in a number of ways. For example, the motivation might be crashing as they get nervous about losing. So maybe do some mental rehearsal work to lower their anxiety levels. This might prevent the crash.

Alternatively, such as my case, you could consider revising your periodization plan. In my case, I am "trying" to schedule the transition phases between cycles for the week I expect a crash. So changing things up in that week when I expect to crash.

In summary, good record keeping and review will help you detect the crashes in advance. Then if you can see them coming, you can implement strategies to prevent or minimize the crashes.


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Podcast delayed...sorry! 

Sorry folks, but I managed to record half an hour of silence rather than an action packed Judo podcast today. I shall record it again and post it as soon as I can.
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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week 29/48.  

Hi all, well this/last week was a pretty good one, except for the complete failure of my weight to go down at all. :(

So this week is a continuation of the macro cycle I am on to develop my endurance. Which translate into getting off the couch and avoiding that cathode ray tube in the corner.

On Monday I went to Paul Jones' place in Basingstoke. Tuesday, I ran and did a short Judo skill session. Wednesday, ran, Thursday, avoided divorce by NOT training and going out for dinner with my wife. Friday.... lets not talk about it. Saturday, 6 mile run.
Sunday, nil.

10 point something miles for the week on the road, if only Judo was as easy as running. It i so easy to measure progress and set goals. Judo is not so easy. :(

Anyway, despite a lack of Judo, I had a good week, more next time.

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The Special Judo Fitness Test redux 

Hi all,
as I have been exploring online video tools, I thought I'd repost the special Judo fitness test video I made back in 2006!

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