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November 2005 

November 29, 2005

By LanceW

For some reason, I've never blogged much about my growing addiction to running. As some awill know I started running in February after forming a running club. Why form a club? Because I respond well to peer pressure to motivate me. So I started a running club, and since then I have run at least once a week, every week. My mileage started at 1-3 miles, running for a minutee, walking for a minute. Now I am averaging in the region on 15-18 miles or more. I have never liked running. I used to run when I competed to work on fitness and never enjoyed it. I have to say that I do enjoy running now, scary! The club helped a lot, it is so much easier to get going when you have others there. But increasingly now I even enjoy the solo runs. I shall try and write more after tonights club run.

* Posted on: Tue, Nov 29 2005 1:08 PM

November 27, 2005
What's on my mobile.

By LanceW

Hi, I have been using my Nokia 9500 as my main "PC" for quite a few months now. So I thought I would write a post on the topic along with a list of whats on there and why, etc. So, whats it like? Well, it's good. EMail where ever I am all that good stuff. Pretty much everything is on there. The one thing I still don't really do on it is my calendar and to do. I still find the ol' pen and paper easier. What is on my Phone: * Miles Bourne An electronic version of an old French card game. Fun. * Fit4life A electronic fitness testing application. To be fair I have not used it more than a couple of times. * Buddy Buzz A serial reader, allows you to read very fast. It is a beta and seems neglected now. * Frodo A commodore 64 emulator. I basically have this on there to play/show "Uchi Mata" * Automail Steve Litchfields great utility to pull email automatically. Used it a lot to start with. * Timelog Another OPL creation by Steve. I don't actually use it at all, keep it there though *jMirc A Java IRC client, don't use it much. Should really. * YFTP This is a terrific FTP client, allows me to access websites to update etc. * YEDIT A text editor, I use it in conjunction with YFTP to update websites. * Mobireader eBook reader, I only use it for those books that specifically require it. * AgileMessenger Instant messaging client, (MSN,AIM,ICQ,Google,Y!). * Perl Terrific, Perl has just recently been ported to series 80. Not using it for much yet. * SFcave Game, one button, good fun. * Vexed Terrific game, addictive! * OPL _THE_ language for programming on series 80. * iDesk A terrific alternative to the standard nokia desktop. Includes password register and a utility to reboot your phone. * eProfiles Great utility that extends the profiles on your phone. The best thing is the ability to schedule when the profiles activate. *eRecorder From the same folks as above. Allows you to use the voice recorder more easily. * Hotspot Finder Yet another Psiloc application. This one scans for WiFi networks. *SMS Assistant Allows you to forward or reply to calls and/or SMS messages automatically. *eBook My preferred ebook reader. *OGGPlay It along with included codecs allow you to play OGG files rather than MP3's *VNC So I can remote control PCs * Putty SSH client. So I can get to the console on my Linux boxes and so forth. * PGP Encryption tool * TomTom GPS navigation software, GREAT! Especially since getting the John Cleese voice for it! I use the built in email client and web browser a lot. I'll try and add links and also more info on hows and whys soon. Lance

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 27 2005 10:16 PM

November 24, 2005
Meonstoke Weeks 3 & 4

By LanceW

Again, been slack updating the blog, so two weeks in one here.

Week III
This week we covered covered Judo as a sport.

We did O Goshi (hip throw) as our throw and did Kesa Gatame as our hold.

Week IV
This week we didn't learn any new throws, we learn about the training methods of Judo. We talked about Shiai (competition), Kata (Formal demonstration), Randori (free practise), and Uchi Komi (repetition without throwing).

I brought my Japanese drum music with me and we all did uchi komi to music again it helped with the important requirements for Judo; timing and rhythm.

Great fun had by all, including me. Especially during what seems to be the whole worlds favourite game, Judo Bulldogs!

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:31 PM

KES Sessions

By LanceW

Hi all,
Been rather slack updating the BLOG, sorry. So here are the entries about the session from last week and this one.

Last Wednesday
On Wednesday we explored "Rythmic Judo". Basically inspired by the sport acrobatics pictures in the hall and the Gymnastics instructions on the wall I wanted to introduce some of the choreographed Judo most of us have seen.

This I have not done since I left Edinburgh. At the old RCP Judo club under Jim & Shiela, we used to a parents night. On this night we did a bunch of demonstrations. So, this week at King Edward VI's the students did the same sort of thing.

It all went well and we saw some very interesting displays!
Well done everyone!

This Wednesday
This week, I brought along a CD of Japanese drum music.

We discussed training methods and focussed on Uchi Komi, and specifically static Uchi Komi and doing it to the music.

During our session I introduced the throw Uchi Mata, done in various methods as Uchi Komi. Everyone seemed to pick it up quickly which is nice. We did the "Dinky-do Dinky-Da" uchi mata, which I use. I like this method as A)it involved a silly name and B)it forces students to develop a well balanced posture whilst holding someone on their back. Then they need to hold their balance whilst taking their feet of the ground (one foot at a time of course), whilst still holding their partner on their back/hips.

We, at the end of the session, did a little self-defence. Defending a headlock/choke from behind you. We discussed the importance of not getting into dangerous situations, running away being the best thing to do. We also discussed the importance of having control, both of your body and of the situation.

It was interesting how introducing music helped people develop a rythym for their Uchi Komi.

Till next week.

* Posted on: Thu, Nov 24 2005 6:23 PM

November 12, 2005
Meonstoke, Week II

By LanceW

Well, this week, both classes were busy again, terrific!

This week we talked about the history of Judo, about it's origins in Japan in 1882 and also about the 1964 Olympics, Anton Geesink and also the Cairo Worlds and Craig Fallons gold.
All to promote the diversity and diffusion of Judo throughout the world.

Technique-wise we learnt Ippon Seoi Nage this week and Yoko Gatame.

And of course everyone enjoyed "Judo Bulldogs"


* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:20 AM


By LanceW


Wednesday just been, the main thing we focussed on was Tomoe Nage.
Everyone did really well, picking it up really well.

I am really pleased!

* Posted on: Sat, Nov 12 2005 1:17 AM

November 6, 2005
Work changes...

By LanceW

Well as of Friday I no longer work for The Aziz Corporation/ Khalid Aziz.


* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:13 PM

Meonstoke Infant School - Fantastic

By LanceW

As soe of you have been aware, I have been doing more coaching/teaching in Schools.

The latest assignment has been to run a 6 week course at Meonstoke Infant School.

Interest was so high that we are now running two sessions one after another on Thursday afternoons.

The first one was this Thursday just been and Ihad a ball, a great bunch of children who seemed to enjoy it. A lot younger than I have taught for quite a while. (4-5 years-ish), a real challenge to revert back to methods for kids after having been doing Adults and older children.

All that chopping and changing is draining, as was having just completed one session and then repeating it immediately afterwards. A real test of how well I have the session planned, as it is important to me that both sessions receive the same content with the same enthusiam!

As well as a general introduction to what Judo is, we learnt our first throw and holds. (Tai Otoshi & Mune Gatame.)

Looking forward to next week.

* Posted on: Sun, Nov 6 2005 3:12 PM

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