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Podcast Episode 7 uploading now! 

Over at the latest episode is uploading!

It is a great episode with Emerson Franchini.

It should be up in about half an hour!
It's at

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Podcast on the way - Emerson Franchini 

Hi all, been a bit quiet, sorry folks. But I am pleased to say that I have recorded and started editing a new podcast with Emerson Franchini from Sau Paulo, Brazil!

Emerson is a University lecturer and Judo researcher as well as a conditioning and fitness coach. He has done considerable research on the elite players of Brazil, including those who competed in the Athens Olympic games.

We discuss his work with our very first podcast guest, Stanislaw Sterkowicz. He also in the second half of the interview gives some really practical and useful tips on fitness training for Judo athletes based on what he has learned from his work with athletes and his research.

Unfortunately the audio was a little bad. Partly because of techincal reasons and partially because it was raining heavily in Brazil when we were recording. (Okay... yes it was raining here in the UK also.)

So, I shall hopefully have that completed tomorrow night on the podcast!


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this weekend I took my family to Bournemouth.
I noticed a bunch of "youth" hanging around near the pier. Which sadly, is not that unusual in most places. They just hang about on corners doing very little. They get bored and then, end up causing trouble, drinking, smoking, etc etc.

Not these kids though!
As I was wandering about I suddenly caught the sight of a young lad somersaulting off the walkway onto the sand. Then I saw some kids running up and flipping backwards off a wall. WHOAH!!! Way cool!!!!

On closer examination I noticed that some of these "kids" were wearing South Coast Parkour t-shirts.

Parkour or Free-Running, is getting quite big and originates I undetstand in the suburbs of Paris. It's now showing up in movies adverts, etc.

I was impressed tosee kids just playing as teens. Physically playing. Bleeding awesome! So rather than just standing about, these young people were playing and learning how to do excellent gymnastic feats!

I appreciate that much like skateboarding Parkour probably has a rubbish reputation and is bound to be hated by parish councils. BUT, I'd rather have the local kids in my neighbourhood doing something cool like Parkour, rather than hanging around on corners doing nothing!

Anyway... check our South Coast Parkours website:

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Steve Ealey on Vista 

Oh man this is way to funny!

Vista is evil go Tux!


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Tudor Bompa on Judo training. 

Below is an exerpt from a site called which has an interview with Tudor Bompa who is the leading light in areas such as periodisation of training. You should be reading this guys work okay! We on the University of Bath course probably reference his work in almost every assignment! :)

Anyway, part way through the interview with Professor Bompa, he talks (briefly) about Judo!!! He says:

Take judo for instance. Once I listened to a presentation regarding strength training for judo. The speaker was your typical Olympic lifting coach. He went over snatches and the clean and jerk! When the organizers asked my opinion, I simply said that the whole idea is wrong because judo involves primarily the flexor muscles of the hips, abdominals, and trunk, not the extensors normally targeted by Olympic lifting moves. The lifting coach became very upset when he heard me say this and left the room!

Agree? Disagree?
Let me know.

The article is here:

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