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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week 31/48 + Hampshire Closed. 

Hi everyone, a very sore and tired post for you this Sunday evening.
This week I trained quite well and finished the week by competing in the Hampshire Trials/Hampshire Closed Judo Tournament. I shall cover that at the end of the post, but first my week in training.

Monday - Judo at Paul Jones School of Judo in Basingstoke.
Tuesday - 3.3 mile run (33 Minutes avg pace 10mins/mile)
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Judo at Gosport Judo Kwai.
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 6.25 miles (1:10 avg. pace 11:13min/mile)
Sunday - Hampshire Closed Judo Tournament.

So this week training went okay, not amazing, no bad points really. The mileage is not up to my target, but it was countered by the competition. I will however need to work out how to fit more runs in so they are shorter, else the saturday run will get well over 10 miles. Judo-wise, I felt pretty good, especially on Thursday. Admittedly that was because I was pissed off and maintained a fair level of controlled aggression throughout the Randori. This helped maintain my work rate, as did Pete's verbal prodding.

Hampshire Closed.
Those of you who have been following the blog know I am following a periodized preparation plan for the World Masters in Belgium at the end of June. To date, it has been primarily aerobic development as I have been trying to develop a base and get my obesity under control. :)

So as last week was the end of my Endurance/base phase I had scheduled in a competition as a "blow the cobwebs out" test. And boy that it surely was! Although I had only three fights, I am destroyed! That said I was really pleased with my recovery between fights. An indication (I hope) that my Aerobic fitness is okay (for a fat bloater).

Unfortunately my Anaerobic systems are knackered and my upper body strength is low. But, that is basically what I expected. next week I move into a new phase which is a strength phase so that problem will be addressed.

The great thing about a competition is that it keeps you honest and gives you a reality check. The reality of my situation is that I am seriously out of shape and need to get my match fitness up.

The biggest problem I had today was that I was not moving enough or attacking enough (let alone well). The reason for this was that I didn't have enough strength and fitness to participate fully in my matches.

Doing the competition highlights the deficit and it is quite amazing how how a five minute Judo match is roughly equivalent of probably 30 minutes running at pace, more if you factor in the pain afterwards.

The big difference is the Aerobic vs. Anaerobic energy systems, Judo is tough as it needs both. You need awesome ATP systems for bursts of effort, but a match is five minutes so you need aerobic. You need great recovery between fights also.

Compare that to distance running, where you need Aerobic and well Aerobic.

Anyway, it was awesome to fight again after what about 8 years without fighting in competition. The best thing was I won!! LOL it's great to win even if it's a fluke of the draw and numbers etc.

I actually recorded myself for the podcast ( and as soon as the server comes back up (They had a technical failure and the servers been down) I shall upload it so you can listen to my quick thoughts in between fights.

Next week I am in Vietnam on business, so not sure how the training will go, but hopefully there is a decent club in Ho Chi Minh city. Anyone know of one?


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Honor Blackman doing Judo video 

The video below is of Honor Blackman (Bond Girl in GoldFinger) doing some Judo and being interviewed. I had known she had done Judo, but this is the first time I've seen actual footage, enjoy.

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Karate bigger than Judo... on Twitter at least. 

Karate - Blue, Judo - Red.

This image from the interesting website shows that the word "Karate" is used a heck of a lot more than "Judo". Is this an indicator that Karate is bigger than Judo? Or that Karateka are more technology literate than Judoka? Perhaps it shows that Karate is more popular with geeks than Judo? Maybe Just that Karate is bigger in the USA where Twitter ( ) is popular?

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World Judo Masters 2008 Training - Week 31/48.  

So, as hinted to in my last report and you'll have been able to pick up from my twitter posts ( ) this week went pretty well.

Monday, 4 mile run.
Tuesday, Judo in WInchester.
Wednesday, another 4 mile run.
Thursday, Judo in Gosport.
Friday, rest day.
Saturday, 8 Miles.
Sunday, rest.

All the runs felt comfortable while the paces were respectable.
Judo was okay although I didn't feel too energetic, especially on Thursday where I was really pretty knackered before I started. Training and work and avaoiding the colds floating around my home were taking there toll.

I read a post recently talking about how important it is to exercise on a Monday. Now with my training I think that might be a good idea.

Given my previous posts about crashing, I have been looking at "the plan" and ensuring that I have relatively short cycles (3 weeks, rather than the more usual 6 weeks). The aim being to ensure I have lots of variety and change.

Next week is the last week of my quite long Endurance cycle and I shall then be moving onto strength. My strength programme is going to be primarily body wieght exercises. I have a thought to rejoin the gym and get back to my lunchtime sessions, but it might have to wait till after the first small strength cycle.

I have now booked the flights to Brussels and our little team is taking shape. I am trying to book Hotels and get the paperwork all done prior to getting into the hard work of finding sponsors and working out how our team can help them.

Anyway... till next time!

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Hojō-undō - "Supplementary Exercices 

Joseverson over on has just posted another great article, as always.

His latest post is about the Japanese terms for conditioning training, fascinating and useful(?)

This, Makiage-kigu looks like a classic old Judo training technique, which is useful to develop grip strength stamina.

For those of you who are not familiar with the blog by Joseverson, you really should spend some time browsing it. The blog is basically about Japanese language but the words are really good to know for Judoka and the images are fantastic also.

One question for Joseverson though, what would you classify Running/Jogging when done in a supplementary training context?

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