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My Little Judo lady! 

I had a rather beutiful moment with my daughter this weekend. We had our first Judo session with us both in gi.

I play with my kids in my dojo now and then, they like to throw themselves about and it took them about 3 seconds to work out the floor does not hurt out there. So on Saturday a good friend sent through two suits for my twins, amazing little Essimo suits with this cute little cartoon Judoka on them.

So after allowing myself to be badgered into it, I went out and played Judo with Cassie. We had a ball, it has been one of the highlights for me in their short lives. I suppose all Judo parents have that desire to be on the tatami with their kids. So it was a huge "tears in my eyes" moment for me!

Cassie really wanted to go to "real Judo" so we took her and here brother to the local club tonight. Just to be turned away at the door as they don't have any kids as young/small as mine.

It is a symptom perhaps of the trend in British Judo to have clubs running out of sports centres. They rent by the hour, and facilities are booked pretty tight, so they don't have the time to have a young kids class.

Personally, I think it is a real shame as my two are just reaching the point where their motor skills are getting good. That stage where they are clode to choosing sports to participate in.

Unlike other sports (that they are involved in), Judo structures things to start at 6 (basically) years in the BJA as a start age. Quite late I feel, my kids will have been in school for 1-2 years before Judo will accept them.

Luckily Daddy will probably start actually holding regular classes soon, which may include a young kids class for the sake of my two if no one else. :)

So ups and downs. Full credit to my twins for handling not being able to join the "real judo" with grace despite being very disapointed.

But what a high, letting your daughter execute a beutiful Ippon Seoi Nage on you for the first time in her first Judogi. Standing Seoi by the way, not some drop seoi rubbish! ;)

Video footage shall follow.


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Great montage from the US Masters. 

Below is another terrific video from Mike of which has some amazing footage of the USA National Masters conmpetition.


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I'm an academic reference! 

It's official(ish) I am an academic reference.
My research at last years 2006 Commonwealth Judo tournament has, I am told been referenced in someones work! (

The data was collected by me manually by watching and annotating two days of competition (over 100 fights). I recorded all the attacks and scores for each player along with total and clock time. I STILL have not fully written up the research, with only the summary done.

I need to type it all up as a proper research article with the hypothesis stated mathematically and all that good stuff. I'll get it done eventually.

It is nice to know that people are finding the work, it was two hard days work and lots of time in analysis. I also hope that it helps others to reach the conclusion I came to that anyone can do Judo research.

Eventually, I plan to release all the information about the research openly on the web, with all thye forms I used there also so people can re-use my work to do more research. To replicate my research and prove/disprove it.

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Podcast Episode 13 online! 

Episode 13 of is now online.
It is an interview with the authors of the book "Creative Judo Teachi ng". Discussion ranges around such areas as coaching philosophy, methods and the difference between teaching and coaching. Also we discuss the differences between teaching in a school and in a club.
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The scarcity of Judo knowledge. 

I listened to Gene & Mike's latest podcast (Episode 14) today on the way home.

It is a great discussion with Dr. AnnMaria DeMars of the USJA and Serge Bouyssou (who I have shared a podcast with).

It's well worth listening too, one thing leapt out at me and that was AnnMaria saying she had 180 or so documents that she wanted to share but had not managed to catalog and share.

It made me think about how despite what we may think, there is so much information that is simply not available to you and me. Not because it's secret and hidden but rather it's just not easily available.

It is one of the reason that sites like this one exist. I really want to improve my own personal abaility to share information and promote further sharing. I'd be interested to hear others opinions on how we get all this great info out there.

I have considered the idea of setting up a Wiki (ala wikipedia) Just for Judo, or maybe a system like which has a mazing people and info and a great ranking system that drives things along.

Or perhaps just put a decent content management system on this site? Or just stick to plain web pages and put more effort in?


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