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I love this Tee, wonder if I can get it here? 

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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week ?/48. 

Hi all, so welcome to week... I dunno I'll work it out eventually, but anyway, I am getting back into the training after the Christmas break and thought I had better start back to the blogging.

So last week, just been, I did no running. :(
and Three Judo sessions. :)

The hard thing about being older and out of shape is that everything is harder than it used to be. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks it'll get easier.

I spent some time last weekend working on "The Plan", okay quite a bit of time. It is much easier now I am closer to the goal, and I added considerable metrics, as I am a bit geeky. So, I have weekly targets for Uchi Komi, Nage Komi, Running.

This week also I launched in beta at least, which is great and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes. One final thing is that I just posted another podcast over at

Effective, gotta love it!

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Hi all, this/last week I launched a site I am developing to promote competition for those people who don't go to competitions.

On the Real World Judo League (RWJL), you register an account and then tell all your friends at your club. Then they register too. Once you've done that you decide to have a "fight" and create a fight on the site. Basically, you just put your name and the person you are going to fight.

Then go fight, referee it yourself or get someone else to do it.

Then both of you have to record the result of the fight. You also get to leave a comment on how the fight went. Okay, if you disagree as to who won, well, nothing happens. You both have to agree the result first, once you do, the cool stuff happens.

Once you both agree, a result is recorded and points are awarded. I am using a system called the ELO system. Which is used by Chess and a variation in the XBox live system. ELO awards ranking points based on the expected result, so if you beat someone well below you, it awards only a small number of points. If alternatively you beat a much higher ranked player, you earn lots of points! :)

At the moment the system is BETA, in that I want you to test it out.
Let me know what you think of it, let me know any problems you have.
You will notice that the system is "bare bones" in that there is very little in the way of options, features, etc. This is by design, I decided to try and build something really simple and then add stuff as and when people want it.

So, let me know what you think.

Sign up, tell your friends, have fights, record them on and lets see how it goes. I have thoughts of running sub leagues for countries, areas, clubs, groups of friends. If that sounds cool, please let me know.

Thanks all,

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Thoughts for 2008. 

Hi everyone,
So here we are coming to the end of January 2008 and I have been slack on the blogging front, the training front and the coding front too. One area where I take some consolation is that the Podcast is going well. I have changed the format from last year to a news format, which I am putting out weekly. So far the feedback has been great and I am finding it much easier to do a short solo effort on a weekly basis than I was to try and get interviews together. I still want interviews, but the new format is really achievable and also I think/hope provides a news source to poeple.

This weekend I helped coach at a re-validation event at HMS Collingwood here in the UK. It was a good event with about 30 coaches in attendance, I enjoyed spending a whole day on the mat very much.

This morning (Sunday), I have been revising my training plan for the World Masters 2008. It is now just 20 weeks till the event and my training to date has not been very good in my opinion. A variety of reason for this, really a variety of excuses, none worth discussing. Mainly being old, slack and struggling to adjust to regular training from a zero start.

Twenty weeks is a pretty good window to plan to, I would have preferred to have been fitter, lighter and so forth by now, but it's not the end of the world that I am not. At the end of last year I started training and broke the ice, I think I have cleared most of the cobwebs and dust from my Judo brain and feel that I am ready to go.

20 weeks is a good period in part because you can accurately schedule events. When I did my initial planning it was close on a year away, so lots of things were not on calendars or were provisional. Now however things are pretty set in stone.

Knowing what events are there means you can look at the training windows between your big goal (Word Masters 2008), and then choose events tracking back from there to participate in that provide what you need and also give suitable windows for your training cycles.

In my example, I have the World Masters on July 28th. Working backwards I have scheduled to compete in:
Hampshire Grading, 15 June. Which should be a scrap, but not dangerous injury or having to fight too many times. But it'll be a good "sharpener".

Just before that, I hope to go to the Northern Ireland Open on May 31st. This should be a bit more serious and a real rumble. Hard day expected, but a good way away from my big event, so even if I get hurt I should be able to recover.

On May 17th, there is the High Wycombe Masters, which I think should be fairly competitive. It is also a masters event, so is (maybe) more specific than the NI Open which I suspect I shall be finding younger folks.

On April 27th, is the Brussels Masters. This is My #2 event after the Worlds. It is nicely placed abut 10 weeks in. It is in Brussels where the worlds will be so lets me test hotels, travel, the people etc. It'll be pretty hard I suspect.

Now I have a big break fight wise, nothing else scheduled till Feb 24th (Hampshire Grading). I want to do this one to shake of the fighting cobwebs, have a fight and remind myself how fat and unfit I am. I "may" and it is unlikely go over to the AMCAM event with the Navy on 16 March, but I doubt it.

The big empty gap is not obviously me on the sofa, it is my main training window. I am fortunate that I shall be spending two weeks at University of Bath (March 24th - 4 April) where as well as doing my studies I shall have the privilege to train with some of the best players and coaches in Europe.

I am a "Metrics" person, so I have been incorporating much more training that I can measure in my training plan. So I have a week by week breakdown of the miles I plan to run, the number of Uchi Komi & Nage Komi I will be doing.

I have some hurdles to overcome, primarily being a lazy whatsit!
More seriously, at work were are swamped and I have lots of coding to do on pretty tight deadlines, so I suspect I shall lose sessions and energy to late nights in the office. Also, at present I don't have a training partner, nor a coach, I am considering how I attack that issue.

I am also considering expanding this project. I Just watched "Cauliflower Ear & The Modern Day Warrior" which makes me consider recording more of this experience in audio and or video. Maybe I could find a young film maker? Or in the spirit of Kiwi Ingenuity, I might just muddle on through and do it myself.

It'd be really interesting for me at least to be able to review how everything goes. And maybe, just maybe it might be interesting to others. Thoughts?

Anyway... this has become a bit of a epic post, so I shall wrap up here.

Please let me know what you think.


p.s. If you live near Southampton in the UK please let me know. Especially if you are interested in maybe training with me, or helping in other ways.

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More thoughts on "Fundzamrntals" 

I am sat right nows watching my son at a Football/Soccer lesson and it gives me a moment to think outside of Judo.

My son is 4 going on 5, the lesson has been going for maybe 20 minutes aznd a football is being introduced for the first time. All the session to this point has been fundamentals, by which I mean running, jumping, etc.

Now, how does this compare to Judo classes at the same age?

Yup, trick question.
If you've been following this blog for a while, you will know that my local kids Judo class said no to my son as they don't take them till six years (BJA directive I was told). Now, my kids do swimming, gymnastics, football, dance and tennis. All of which are clamouring for young kids. But not Judo.

Why not?

What is the reasoning behiund this?
which azpproach is best, get them young and try and keep them or try and nab them later. I am biased and it shows. Letting the other sports get in early and basically accepting those who drop out does not seem sensible to me.

Judo is or at least can be an amazing form of fundamentals worrk, and great fun. My kids love nothing more than pl;aying in my dojo. It is not as if Judo is no good for young kids, quite the opposite.

If Judo is going to grow and improve I think the governing bodies could do with getting out and observing how the other sports and activities are competing hard to get the kids as young as they can! Then hold onto them.
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