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Finally themed my blog to match the rest of the site. 

Hi all,
if you are a regular visitor to you might have noticed that I have finally "themed" the blog to match the rest of the site. Personally I think it looks much better.

There are a few gremlims to drive out, if you spot an error please do let me know so I can fix it. I have been rather naughty and done the theming on the live site, so if you visited last night you may have noticed it looking very weird as I switched!

I have also created two Judo shops. One for the USA and one for the UK. The shops are powered by Amazon, so you can trust them. The proceeds will help pay for the rising costs of keeping this and my other Judo websites (like and ) online.

I am trying to dedicate more time and energy to the blogs, you may have noticed? I am trying to make sure they all get looked at and entries added about twice a week minimum.

So far I am doing okay and might be dieing of shock as I have posted quite a few posts in the last 2-3 weeks! :-)

I hope you like the new layout, I shall be adding additional pages to the site too over the next few weeks and launching an entirely new site! So stay tuned.

Lastly, I have added a subcribe by email box to the right of the main text. If you pop your email address in there, then all the updates for this site will be sent to your inbox as they happen. (The same feature is available on if you want updates from 70+ Judo sites in your inbox).

Talk soon,

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Densign White re-elected as a Sports Director of the European Judo Union.  

The BJA website has just posted that (another) fellow student of mine, Densign White, has just been re-elected as a Sports Director of the European Judo Union.

Densign is one of three Sports Directors, Daniel Lascau (Bath Graduate) and Indrek Pertelson being the other two.

This is Densign's second term (4 years per term), so obviously the EJU feel he is doing a good job!

Well Done/Congratulations Densign!
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Danny Murphy to become Hampshire Junior Squad Manager. 

Today I am really pleased to be able to say that Danny Murphy has been appointed Hampshire Junior Squad Manager.

Danny I know via University of Bath, he is a colleague of mine on the BSc/Level 5 coaching course. I have also had the pleasure of having him mat side when I have fought. Danny is a World Masters silver medallist and a coach at the famous Budokwai Club in London.

Danny spent some time with me discussing his plans for the role before he interviewed for the role, and I think that the Hampshire Association has picked the right guy! He has the expertise and the mindset to develop players properly to progress into being Judo athletes when they get older.

So a virtual round of applause for Danny and to Hampshire, good things will follow!
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The Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano book by Brian Watson. 

This week I was very fortunate to receive direct from japan a copy of Brian N. Watson's book "Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano" which is available to order in the USA , and UK (think of Christmas people).

Now with my recent podcast recording with Yves Cadot on the Writing of Kano in my mind, I sat down and browsed this book.

The book is based on the interviews Jigoro Kano gave to Torahei Ochiai, which have been translated by Mr. Watson.

I suspect this is the single best book in English available if you are interested in the opinions of Jigoro Kano. It covers a really broad range of areas a small subset (as mentioned by Neal of in his positive review of the book on Amazon are:

Establishment of the Kodokan
Pain is a Good Teacher
My Study of Kito Jujutsu
The Inspiration for Seiryoku Zenyo
The Kodokan Oath
Correct Randori Posture
Competitive Judo
Kodokan's First Foreign Trainees
Kodokan Ascendancy
The Ideal Judo Instructor
Itsutsu no Kata
Purpose of the Judokai
Ju no Kata and Go no Kata
Benefiting Oneself and Others

In my review on amazon I mentioned the Glossary, as I was pleasantly surprised by the contents there. Not only are some of the words defined, many of the people mentioned in the book have small summaries in the glossary too. This was really a great find, as it gave context to many of the names who are important figures in the history of Judo of course.

I have only browsed the book so far, and am just about to start reading it cover to cover. As it is broken down into articles, it is quite easy to pick up for a short period, get something useful out of it and put it down again. Once I have read it properly I shall review it again here, but on first impressions, I have to say this book should be in EVERY Judo persons library!

Finally I must thank Brian (and Neal) for my advance copy of the book. I feel immensely honored to be given the privilege to see the book early! Many Thanks!


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The Top 5 most influential people in Judo 

I'd like to start a internet meme ( ), who are your top 5 most influential people in Judo today?

I'll start, in no particular order:

Mike Callan (Judo Leader)
Mike is the Director of Judo at the University of Bath, he is also President of the International Association of Judo Researchers (IAJR). Mike is responsible for the EJU Level 4 (Foundation Degree) coaching award. Which is a unique Judo specific coaching course. He was key to the development of the Judo programme at the University of Bath; a programme which is now World Class, in fact it is the European Judo Unionís first officially recognised international training centre.

AnnMaria De Mars (Judo Blogging Queen)
AnnaMaria is one of the loudest Judo voices on the internet. She regularly posts long well thought out posts on her website ( ).
As well as producing web content, she also holds a variety of roles in US Judo, is a key player in the West Coast Training Center and is mother of the USA's first female to win an Olympic Judo medal, Ronda Rousey.

Rhadi Ferguson (Judo Entrepreneur)
Rhadi "The Judo Crusader" Ferguson is probably selling Judo harder than any person on the planet. He and his protege Taraje Murray-Williams, post regular messages (sales messages mainly) on their websites and seem to be producing DVDs and other products like other people have hot dinners. He may be a bit over the top in terms of spamming your mailbox, but he is selling Judo more than the rest of us!

Mike Darter (Judo Innovator)
Mike is the creator of the original Judo podcast and my collaborator and main motivator in setting up
He continues to try new things and think outside the box. He is posting videos on YouTube, creating new websites, trying new things in his club. He is also building his own Dojo in Oklahoma City. If that was not enough he tried his hand at event management this year with considerable success. His Heartland tournament innovated in a number of areas!

Marius Vizer (IJF President)
This list would not be complete without the new president of the IJF. Obviously as the IJF president he has huge influence, which we are only just starting to see the results of.
I don't know the man, but it is obvious that anyone who gains the presidents position is a person of influence. Especially given the history of his taking the role and the departure of the previous president it is clear to me that Marius is a man of influence in our Judo world. Anyone who sits next to Vladimer Putin ata Judo event must be pretty darn influential.

Obviously the list above is mainly based on my personal contact and opinion and of course web presence. Your list will vary greatly I would hope!

So, heres what I want you to do, write your own list of 5 influential people in Judo and post it on your blog/website. Or even on a forum like

Then "tag" five people you want to create a top 5 list too, here are the 5 people I want to tag:

Mike Darter, Bob Challis, AnnMaria DeMars, Judo Kong and Rhadi Ferguson.

Lets see if this meme spreads. :-)

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