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Coaching this Saturday. 

I shall be coaching a session this Saturday in Gosport, please let me know if you are interested in coming along. The more the merrier!

Like the session I took the other week, this is another French/English session with a club visiting from France. I am told there are more adults this time I gather, so will require less manic energy and more thought (perhaps). :)

It'll be good to do "something different" for these folks.

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On Friday I interviewed Ken & Malcolm of the book "Creative Teaching for Judo" for which went really well, despite some phone problems.

I shall edit it this week and try and get it online for next weekend.

Next weekend I have been invited to teach again in Gosport/Portsmouth, which shall be fun. It is another English and French session, I understand that this one has more seniors than last weekends awesome session with all those kids.

This weekend I was supposed to attend a session with Andrew Moshanov, unfortunately I was unable to make it and am sat in the sun on a lovely evening instead, wondering how Mike got on in his competition.

I have also updated with a new article on what to look for in a Judo club. And added the feed from that site to and of course adding a post here at

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Guest coach for 3 clubs! 

Saturday morning was a great for me, I coached a session for a friendship visit from a French Judo Club to two local English clubs.

Judo Club Audrieu was visiting the Gosport Judo Club and Holbrook Judo Clubs over near Portsmouth. (Last year these clubs visited them in France.

I was invited, to show something "a little different" and hopefully that was the result. I really enjoyed it, it was much bigger than I thought it would be 60 rather than maybe 20 people.

I did the now infamous "Boing Boing" warm up. I also included the Dinky Do - Dinky Da Uchi Mata and obviously lots of other stuff. Including the "mental" stuff around entering the mat area and so forth I did with the Navy all that time ago.

It was great fun with the youngsters, I enjoyed it more than you can imagine!

I've been invited to coach another guest visit in a couple weeks, also in Gosport. So hopefully that means I did a good job on Saturday, not just had a good time.

Anyway... Thanks to everyone who was there, and for being invited to coach, it was a pleasure!

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Another podcast in the works. 

It's late here (very), but I just wanted to update to say that I have just finished recording a new podcast with Martin Bregman & Mike Darter all about refereeing.

It was a great fun to record and will be available from this weekend under the title "The Dark side of the force" or "Shooting players", I havn't decided which. ;)

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Bon Jour.... 

Oh boy, I have been invited to coach a French team visiting here in the UK this Saturday prior to a friendly team match.

Must get the French phrase book out.

Looking forward to taking this session I have been asked to teach, partly because I was asked to coach because apparently I can offer "something different".

Not sure it's a complement, but I will assume it is. :)

So now I am going to have to deliver on that expectation, oh no!
Should be a laugh, there is a social afterwards, that should be good. If anyone is in Portsmouth this weekend let me know, I am sure you'd be welcome!


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