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The scarcity of Judo knowledge. 

I listened to Gene & Mike's latest podcast (Episode 14) today on the way home.

It is a great discussion with Dr. AnnMaria DeMars of the USJA and Serge Bouyssou (who I have shared a podcast with).

It's well worth listening too, one thing leapt out at me and that was AnnMaria saying she had 180 or so documents that she wanted to share but had not managed to catalog and share.

It made me think about how despite what we may think, there is so much information that is simply not available to you and me. Not because it's secret and hidden but rather it's just not easily available.

It is one of the reason that sites like this one exist. I really want to improve my own personal abaility to share information and promote further sharing. I'd be interested to hear others opinions on how we get all this great info out there.

I have considered the idea of setting up a Wiki (ala wikipedia) Just for Judo, or maybe a system like which has a mazing people and info and a great ranking system that drives things along.

Or perhaps just put a decent content management system on this site? Or just stick to plain web pages and put more effort in?


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Running for Judo. 

I went for a run this evening with my wife, we were discussing running (as you do) and Judo (which as both of us are Judoka is not as surprising as it may seem).

With my running club, we are part way through a Couch to 5Km programme. So we are running for a short period, then walking, then running, etc etc.


Run/Walking for Judo.
The general consensus is that Judo consists of a collection of short burst of effort, seperated by periods of compartive rest. The research I did last year (HERE) supports that idea. Basically, Judo is an attack or two followed by a Matte and we walk back to the mark, await Hajime, grip up and then after a bit of time, we attack again.

So, if we are incorporating running into our Judo training how should we train? Specifically? So perhaps jog, then sprint, then walk, then jog, then sprint? (fartlek I believe?)

Interestingly, we thought the idea of dropping to a gentle walk was a good idea. It would be closer to that period after matte is called. Physiologically I guess it makes sense as well.
That sprint is going to hit the ATP-PC system.

So you could easily look at the timing for some accurate drills.

Or of course, you could do some Judo!


P.d. I just got sent this youtube link, enjoy:

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I got GOLD!!!! :) 

So, instead of coaching today, I ended up fighting in a team event between Gosport Judo Club and Le judo club de Royan from France who visited Gosport this weekend.

I was roped in to fight one of their Dan grades and got the gold. Of course, so did he, as we got a draw. It really highlighted for me the complete lack of fitness I have and the importnace conditioning has on the sport of Judo.

I basically found I could not execute any sort of technique, in fact (if I am honest) I could not execute standing up in a good posture! :) Breathing was also a bit of an achievement!

As some of you are aware, I have been running a bit of late, in fact I went for what was a 2 mile run this morning (thinking I was just coaching later). I can assure everyone, that one 3 minute Judo match is much MUCH harder than 2 miles running.

It was great fun, and it is always a pleasure to meet fellow Judoka from overseas. The highlight of the day was I think the first fight. Blue Belt from Gosport versus a much smaller Green belt from Royan. But boy could that wee man fight! And with technique also! It was a pleasure to watch.

It was also a pleasure to have my kids with me today, my daughter actually was given my Medal rather than me! (I took her up with me) And it was presented by the Deputy Mayor no less!

I am now sat outside in the sun, as my son has a little sleep and my Daughter plays in her playhouse with her mum. Life is good huh!

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Coaching this Saturday. 

I shall be coaching a session this Saturday in Gosport, please let me know if you are interested in coming along. The more the merrier!

Like the session I took the other week, this is another French/English session with a club visiting from France. I am told there are more adults this time I gather, so will require less manic energy and more thought (perhaps). :)

It'll be good to do "something different" for these folks.

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On Friday I interviewed Ken & Malcolm of the book "Creative Teaching for Judo" for which went really well, despite some phone problems.

I shall edit it this week and try and get it online for next weekend.

Next weekend I have been invited to teach again in Gosport/Portsmouth, which shall be fun. It is another English and French session, I understand that this one has more seniors than last weekends awesome session with all those kids.

This weekend I was supposed to attend a session with Andrew Moshanov, unfortunately I was unable to make it and am sat in the sun on a lovely evening instead, wondering how Mike got on in his competition.

I have also updated with a new article on what to look for in a Judo club. And added the feed from that site to and of course adding a post here at

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