This is the Judo blog of Lance Wicks. In this blog I cover mainly Judo and related topics. My Personal blog is over at where I cover more geeky topics. Please do leave comments on what you read or use the Contact Me form to send me an email with your thoughts and ideas.

Paying the bills

Exclamation mark Blog by Lance Wicks



Hi people from Dartford 

This is a quick note, written on my phone.
I just wanted to thank the people who attended my talk today.

My original post about this talk, which has all the videos and the slides is here: ... 326-043928

Here is the slide deck (actually a slightly older version):
Coaching Digital Natives
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: sport natives)

As discussed, please do Google your own name, and the name of your athletes. I'd also suggest visiting and reading some of the blogs listed there. Of course "Friend me" on facebook, or follow me on

Lastly, if you get inspired, drop me an email and I'll help you as much as I can in getting a handle on Digital Natives and setting up websites, etc.

*UPDATE: December 2nd 2008 *

An former colleague of mine has posted a great article about how businesses are using the sorts of tools I discussed in a commercial (Click here). My favorite example is Heather Gorringe of who has turned Worm Farming into a global business. I have to suspect that more people are interested in Judo than worms, so I fail to see why we could not do what she has done, in a Judo context.

Please do email me with your thoughts now you've had some time to digest the talk. Better yet leave a comment here. :)

[ view entry ] ( 2061 views ) permalink related link

BJA Facebook Group + BJA PR Job. 

Hi everyone,
so tomorrow I head to Dartford Judo Club to deliver my talk on Coaching Digital Natives again to a different group of coaches. I am really looking forward to it, I have made a few small tweaks, but fundamentally the same message.

As part of the revisions I did this week for it, I looked at Facebook and realised that there was no Facebook BJA group... so I created one! ( )

I created it on the 26th and 3 days latter there are 112 members and 128 pending invitations! Facebook is such a powerful tool to communicate and pull people together and to help build a community. So... go join, now, go!

Still here?

Okay, so a couple of people (one in particular) sugegsted I look at a job the BJA has going ( ) for a Events and PR Assistant. At first I just laughed (and laughed!).

But then I thought... hang on, I spend (far too much) time criticizing the BJA and their failures in just these areas. Specifically in using the internet, just check my previous posts.

It would be an interesting proposition to become an "insider". To do some work under the banner of the BJA. To effect some positive change within the BJA. Of course my outspoken-ness probably excludes me from the role. :-)


What do you think? Should I put my name in the hat?

I would genuinely appreciate your opinion, please drop me an email to and let me know what you think.

[ view entry ] ( 2134 views ) permalink

Coaching Digital Natives... Spaces Available. 

Hi all,

some of you are probably aware, I am delivering my talk on coaching Judo to "Digital Natives" (i.e. young people) this weekend at Dartford Judo Club, here in the U.K.

There are still seats available and I would love to fill them.
The talk is a variation on the one I gave as a keynote lecture at the University of Bath. I have updated it slightly to reflect some important changes since I gave it in Bath. One of the really nice things about delivering it this time is that many of my examples are now UK based clubs and coaches. Some in fact who have made changes to their methods as a result of the lecture in Bath.

The organiser let me know today that there are seats available, so please do book yourself in.

The day itself is split between myself and a Strength and Conditioning coach, so lots to catch up on I am sure.

Below are the details from the BJA website:

30 Nov '08 Introduction to Strength & Conditioning in Judo + Coaching Digital Natives - COACH REVALIDATION - (SO20-08)
TIMES : from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
VENUE : Dartford Judo Club, Cotton Lane, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6PD.
COST : 25.00 per candidate (cheques payable to BJA Southern Area).
APPLICATIONS : Please send completed form and payment to Alan Roberts at Dartford Judo Club to secure your place.
CONTACT : Alan on 07956 917576.
COURSE ORGANISER : Christ Doherty - RTO.
COURSE TUTORS : Dave Richardson and Lance Wicks.
Click here for entry form

[ view entry ] ( 2258 views ) permalink

Taraje likes coaching!  

Taraje Williams-Murray wrote a post on his blog about some instruction work he has been doing at ITC NY.

The post is entitled "Coaching IS Satisfying". The title is curious, and maybe shows how an elite athlete's mind works perhaps. Taraje was/is as you know two-time Olympian. He is a fighter, a competitor and like his team member Ronda Rousey, he is transitioning from one life to another.

Taraje, is enjoying coaching and the title perhaps suggests that it is a surprise to him. Which is not surprising as to make it to the heights that Taraje has reached he will not have perhaps been able to explore Judo fully. So has perhaps never been exposed (with eyes clear of larger Olympic goals) to the joy and deep satisfaction of coaching.

I have stated elsewhere that I do not understand Judo people who have never fought in competition. I can't. I started fighting as a kid and have competed ever since, and still do occasionally.

Taraje has done what I regrettably did not, he has chased his own potential all the way to the Olympics, and done it twice! I can not understand what that is like, any more than I can comprehend what it is like to do Judo without ever competing.

But I have become a coach and I am still exploring Judo, this is Taraje's mission and I wish him well with it. I also hope that you all explore Judo fully in your own way.

For me, my exploration is in the research area, I am currently notating the matches of the Beijing Olympics (including some of Taraje's); Taraje alternatively is exploring coaching and seminars and DVDs, etc. Ronda is heading to school and to coaching.

Where is your personal exploration of Judo headed? Perhaps you are on a path to Area medals, perhaps to bigger medals than that. Maybe you, like Mike Darter are breaking earth on a new Dojo. Maybe you learning Kata, or becoming a referee?

The question is, what are you pursuing? What are you exploring? Have you chosen the path you want to take? Or has it chosen you? Research chose me, blogging and creating Judo websites chose me. But I am exploring it as much as I can and so should you!

In Taraje's post title, he states that "Coaching IS rewarding". So is any endeavour you give yourself to fully! Be it competing in the club champs or the Olympics, be it coaching kids or the next Taraje. Commit to something that your choose or that chooses you.


[ view entry ] ( 2152 views ) permalink

The Ocean State International 

USA JUDO Junior Point event
March 21st- 2009

Hosted by: Mayo Quanchi Judo
Director: Serge Bouyssou (401) 647-4678
Sanctioned by: United States Judo, Inc.
Chief Referee: Richard J. Celotto

Registration: Serge Bouyssou (401)647-4678 Or Liz Byrne (401) 647-4678

Headquarters: Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings
801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI 02886 (401) 732-6000 - Fax(401) 732-6000 (800) 2CROWNE Mention Mayo Quanchi Judo OR for online registration go to Group code is MAO Room Rates will be $119 per night

Tournament Site: Coventry High School, 40 Reservoir Road, Coventry, RI 02816-6457

Prize Money will be awarded for all senior elite divisions with 5 or more competitors

Training camp March 22 With ..TBD cost $75 per person, Team rate $250 location of camp will be held at Mayo Quanchi Judo 751 Main street West Warwick R.I. 02831

[ view entry ] ( 2083 views ) permalink

<<First <Back | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | Next> Last>>

Powered by Simple PHP Blog Get RSS 2.0 Feed
Powered by PHP 4.4.9-8+hw0 Get Atom 0.3 Feed
Powered by Plain text files Get RDF 1.0 Feed