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2008 Olympic Games are open! (And opened in style) 

Well, as of about ten minutes ago the Being Olympic Games officially opened.
The games have opened in an amazing spectacle!

I was fortunate to actually (and unexpectedly) be at home and able to watch the whole thing right through. From start to finish the opening ceremony was amazing and bodes well for a great games!

I twittered for the site and have posted a blog post over there also about the Judoka involved in carrying their nations flags into the stadium. 17 I think it was. Take a look over at for the details and try "following" for updates.

The highlights from the athletes coming in perspective was Marcon Bezzina carrying Malta's flag, I know Marcon and she is great so it was wonderful that she was the flag bearer. The BBC coverage here mentioned quite a bit about her living and training at University of Bath, which has got to be great publicity for the programme there!

Well, most of my blogging and efforts will be done over at for the next two weeks, stay tuned!


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Mike from OKCDT's awesome new video! 

Mike over at just posted a great video promoting Judo for children. He has posted it on his site and on, I have embedded it below so you can enjoy it too.

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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 9.  

Hi All, well Thursdays in the summer block are always interesting, with the debate and conference, this year it was no different.

For we fourth years it's a bit odd really as we've seen it all and done it.
But really interesting to observe how the later years tackle the projects we did previously. Take this years debate, they debated the new grading system and if their should be a competitive element in the BJA grading syllabus.

Really topical as the non-competitive system only got implemented in April.
I tried to let the debate decide how I would vote rather than my personal (entrenched) position. The arguments for the team arguing there should be a contest element actually swayed me there way over that of their opposition. Specifically Luke and Emyr That was till the questions where I was swayed back to thinking that a non-competitive system is the right thing. Loretta Cusack's response to a question from Mike Callan in particularly swayed me.

After the debate I took a look at the Research posters of the third years ( ) and listened to some of the mental skills presentations.

After all this i spend some hours in the Library with the rest of the fourth years finishing off our website assignment. Which is all done, which raised the interesting question of how does one tack a coversheet onto a website? :-)

Anyway... this evening we have the official presentation evening for the third years who graduate following my year and the regular social event, so I shall have to go now and be sociable. :-)


P.s. Did I mention the female TV celebrity professing her love of me?? ;-)
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2008 University of Bath Judo debate - LIVE! 

Shortly the annual Judo debate will take place here at the University of Bath.
Below is the live video stream:

A fully edited version will be placed online once it has been edited together.

*** I have also added a few of the mental skills presentations from the conference of which the debate is the main event.
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University of Bath, Judo BSc. Block 2, Day 8. 

Today was a day of two halves really, the first was our first assessment of the block, the Viva that I mentioned yesterday. Basically, how it worked out was that I watched a full fight, in my case the fight between Teddy Riner and Kosei Inoue at the Rio World Champs.
I then left the room and a little while later sat down with World champions Jane Bridge and Emanuela Pierantozzi and I had to describe the fight to them. So I had to describe the players, the strategies, the tactics, the grips, the attacks, etc.
They then leveled a series of questions at me and we discussed the various aspects of the fight.

The second part of the day was our whole year group working on our group assignment, which is a website about performance Judo structures. It was really interesting to be involved and engaged with everyone working together on one project but in small subset groups.

It was in fact almost exactly what I had hoped for at the EJU Seminar, it had that "Hackday" feel. Everyone was working away in pairs or small groups and moving between the groups checking that what they were working on would match up with what the whole group was producing.


Anyway... Judo debate is tomorrow and lots of work so I had better keep this short.
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