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World Masters Training, Week Summary 9/46.  

It was "half term" here in the UK, so sadly my Monday session was canceled. :(
Thursday was my next session (slacker that I am), it was down at Gosport Judo Club again, there were about 10 Black Belts and at least the same in Kyu grades. I enjoyed it a lot.

Saturday I briefly attended the Royal Navy Judo championships.
Although only there briefly, it was great to attand at HMS Collingwood and see the lads throw each other about. I was a bit disapointed from what little I saw and heard at the refereeing standard, but that is perhaps always the case at tournaments.

I went for a run on Saturday morning, just short of 4 miles, not too fast, but nice and constant. This week should be better, there is even a Judo camp scheduled for the weekend.

They have the Inter-services coming up, so it was good for them to get out and "have a run".

Sunday was the Hampshire Open, which I did not attend, but i look forward to hearing about how it went.

An interesting discussion during the weekend was around officials and referees and where and how they should be recruited/supplied. The idea raised was that all clubs should only be allowed to enter players in events if they also provided officals/referees.

Want your players to fight, send a referee from your club.
I think it is a good idea. One of the highlights of an event I attended a while back (the team match between Gosport and the French club), was the young referee who officiated the fights. He is a regular at the Gosport club and it was terrific for the whole event to be handled "in house" (unlike the Navy Champs).

So what do you think of that as an idea?
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World Masters Training, Week Summary 8/46.  

Hi everyone, so this was an interesting week Judo-wise.
Started with a fun session at Paul Jones' place in Basingstoke. It felt good, nice solid session, Paul did some interesting work extending on what he allowed me to demonstrate last week. I enjoyed it a lot.

Thursday was my next session as the Wednesday Navy session was cancelled due to a boxing event in the SARC.

I went along to the Gosport Judo Club, in, well yes Gosport. :)
It was really good to go along, they have their own permanent place and well attended too. There must have I think 10 Dan grades and about 14 Kyu grades in the session. Nice to go along to a slightly more... competitive session. I enjoyed it a lot and it had a great social feel and even included a beer afterwards over the road.

Saturday I headed out on the road and as you'll be able to see if you are actually reading this on my website over at you'll see the Nike+ widget where shows I ran 4.11 miles in a touch over 43 minutes. Not going to win any races with that pace, but it was nice to be running under 10 minute miles for most of the run, the enforced walk braks in the second half ruined the average. :(

So... It was a good week, lowering the amount of training is an odd way of improving my training, but I think it is a matter of quality over quantity. I feel much better these past two weeks with a lighter load.

Oddly, I have been carrying an injury I don't remember getting.
I have a pain at the base joint of my second and third toes. I have no idea what caused it, they feel quite stiff, like there is a bruise (Hematoma if you are being posh). Even weirder is that it hasn't bothered me at all, even whilst running which I though was going to be a major issue. Still sore this evening (Sunday), weird, weird, weird.

I met another masters player this week at Gosport.
It was useful as he was able to answer a couple of questions I had about the event next year. It turns out that it does not appear that I need to enter via New Zealand, I can just enter online via credit card. So that was a bonus as I was a bit concerned that arranging the trip might be a bit of an issue, being on the far side of the planet from New Zealand.

Also had a nice opportunity to discuss Judo with peers, over beers, brilliant!
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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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