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Trying a new idea: Video Coaching. 

Hi all,
just trying some new technology, let me know what you think.
Below is a video of a seoi nage with some simple coaching points.

What do you think?

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Coaches, go on tour! 

Tonight, I went along to Paul Jones Judo club in Basingstoke again.
You'll remember, last week Paul invited me to show some techniques. Well, tonight we did some totally different techniques working from some of the same principles I was using last week.

This is great as I learned some new methods/techniques tonight.

So I learned something from something I taught! Brilliant! Seriously though, it is brilliant as it shows what is good about coaching and training with different coaches. It would do us a world of good if we had coaches visiting clubs.

It's been discussed often (in fact I discussed it with a friend last week), that it would be nice if coaches traveled more and visited clubs. I have often thought that national coaches could do worse than to get out of their offices and go on tour and visit the clubs in the country.

AND... not necessarily to coach. Just visiting the clubs, meet the coaches, meet the players, see what people are doing. They can past around what they see. And let it disperse around the country. Of course what they have to share would be immensely valuable to the club members.

So if you are a coach go visit some other clubs. If you are a player do the same. If you are a official, definitely visit the clubs and see firsthand what is going on out there folks.

Till next time,

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World Masters Training, Week Summary 7/46.  

Hi All,
well, a quiet week, but positive none the less.

Monday (as posted on the night) was a great day, after a couple of weeks of rubbish training, I got back into training though. I was really into it and had a ball.

Wednesday I went along to HMS Sultan, but sadly there were not enough a poeple for a session. :(
But it was a terrific opportunity to speak with Pete of the Navy Judo.

Saturday, I headed out for a 45 minute run.
Felt pretty good, 4.22 Miles, not bad given the lack of running through the week.

I have got to get the plan together, I am slipping. I think the only way forward is morning runs.. yuck! But evenings are cold, wet and DARK!

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Anton Geesink Documentary 

This is a Judo documentary about the Great man Anton Geesink, the giant man who showed us all that the Japanese were beatable.


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World Masters Training, Week Summary 6/46.  

Okay, this is late, mainly because I didn't want to post anything until I had actually made it to some training.

This has been a bad couple of weeks. I haven't done much in the way of training.

However.. last night was awesome!
I had one of those Judo sessions where it all feels good, everything flows. I also did a touch of coaching which seemed to go down well with the class. It's nice to share ideas with others.

It also got me thinking about rest and performance, in terms periodisation in particular.
In my training, I have been scheduling training everyday pretty much. And I have to say that the last two weeks has possibly been a result of the density of training.

So I take two weeks and I am back and feeling great.

Now, in Tudor Bompa's work on periodisation he does recommend a "transition phase" between macro cycles. These are 1-2 weeks in duration. Now, I have completed 4 weeks, then taken 2 weeks. The plan was for 8 weeks for my first two macro cycles, this obviously is wrong for me (it might be right for you) so I am revising to keep to 4 week cycles and probably 1-2 weeks transition.

When you are working with athletes (or as an athlete), I hope that you will take my experience and the wisdom of Mr. Bompa into consideration and adjust your programmes to match the reactions of the athlete.
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