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Australasian Masters... 

Hi to all Judoka

Australasian Masters Games - Team Event

The Australasian Masters Games will be held in Geelong, Victoria on the 27th and 28th February 2009. In addition to individual shiai and kata events there will be a Masters Team Event.

Each Australian State and New Zealand are being asked to encourage as many Masters Judoka as possible to come along - a Master Judoka is a player over the age of 30 years.

Ideally teams will made up using the standard IJF weights and World Masters age categories - however it is likely that a certain amount of amalgamation will be required to make Teams. Using this method the World Masters Championships developed from a competition of 120 Judoka in 1998 to a competition of 1500 judoka in 2008.

All levels of players will be welcome. This is a good opportunity for judoka of all ages and grades to enter a fun tournament where they will get the fairest opportunity possible to compete against their peers.

Masters judo is growing around the world and if this competition is successful it will encourage players from the other Unions to enter in the future - it is worth persuading your friends to train!

Information for the Games can be found at the following site

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British Interservices Judo Championships 2008. 

Today I headed over to Portsmouth for the Interservices Judo competition. The Interservices (for those of you not "down with the lingo" is a Judo competition where the Royal Navy (the hosts), Royal Airforce and the British Army compete.

As with all the interservice competitions, there is many many years of history and pride on the line. The day started with the traditional team events, kyu grades and dan grades. In the afternoon a more standard individual event insues.

There is also a points system by which each individual result adds to a service total. I confess i don't know quite how that worked. Nor what the final results were, I am sure the various service websites will have the results soon.

The interservices tournament is my favourite domestic event. By a long shot!

There is much to sell the event, great sense of importance being on a miltary base. Knowing that these matches have been happening for a long time. Also, it is only military personnel, so the level varies. This is very similar to the British Universities Judo event. Excluding people from attending is I thing something that all tournament organisers should consider.

That said, there are fulltime athletes and international level players attending. But this did not mean they had it easy. I saw several instances where a novice did amazingly well against the more serious athletes.

If I make a complaint, and yes of course there is a complaint coming, it's... the referees! There were some big errors and mistakes; but that's life. These things happen and sometimes they were corrected, though not often.

BUT my gripe for the day is this...
Just because a player lands on their side, this does not mean its a darn Yuko IMHO!
There were several instances of big throws ending with Uke landing (argueably) on their side and Tori only getting a Yuko. Then moments later some little knockdown got yuko too.

Maybe it's the "official interpretation" I'd like to know. But as I remember the rules, its a technique executed with force, speed, control where they land "mainly on the back" that scores Ippon. If one element is missing it is Wazari.

So, if they land on their side I would say that this is one missing element, so Wazari.

I got shouted at by "the table" when I shouted when someone was thrown in one of the bigger throws of the day (a standing Ippon Seoi) and only got Yuko. "They" stated it was because it was because he landed on his side.

Now maybe this is the official interpretation, though I doubt it and suspect it was just another instance of low level referees being... well low level and getting it wrong.

If it is the offical ruling on this, then it needs to change!

In the occasion I mentioned above, the player threw the opponent from full standing shoulder height. It was a lovely Ippon Seoi nage! The other guy hit the floor hard and fast! he was on his side, though I would argue that he was on back and side. So I saw a Wazari, but no.. Yuko!

If this is the "correct" ruling, then the rule absolutely needs changing and you, I and all of us need to fight to get it changed! It is unfair and bad for the sport! What motivation is there for me/you to try the big throw when it is substantially safer/easier to go for a lesser knockdown that lands them on their side.

What do you think?

Anyway, be sure to visit the various "services" websites: ... /index.htm
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New IJF rules... again. 

The IJF has been testing new rules for competition, these were trialed at the 2008 Junior World Champs. (Podcast about it here and here).

Since the event in October, the IJF has published some more documents in regard to the rules; including on the (new) gi measuring device.

I couldn't on first glance see them anywhere on the IJF website ( ) but to save you some surfing I am putting them here/below:

2008 Ijf Ref New Rules Wc Bangkok'08 Final Tested
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport Judo

2008 IJF REF Rules Kumi-Kata 1
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

2008 IJF REF Rules Negative 2
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

How to Use Sokuteiki
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

Sokuteiki Rule Eng Spa Fre
Get your own at Scribd or explore others: Sport

Please post your thoughts in the comments.

** Those of you reading this in a feedreader or on the documents may not be visible so please come to ... 112-095842 to see them. ***
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Another quick plug for a new Judo Blog! 

Dave, another of my colleagues at the University of Bath has a great blog on the go. And he has asked that I pimp it here. For him... anything!

So Dave is running the Advanced Apprenticeship Judo Blog.

The Blog is by Dave of Wolverhampton Uni and is following the AASEJUDO scheme. The AASE is to quote the website:

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence is for Judo players aged 16 to 18 who are seeking a future career in the sport. It combines education and training and players benefit from 16 hours of free high quality Judo training per week including a strength and conditioning programme. The remainder of the time is spent studying at college in a sports related qualification.

The blog started off with weekly summaries, but Dave is pulling out all the stops now and it is getting updates, pictures and as of this week videos too! So I have added the blog to and I am following it via that and also have subscribed to the feed on my iPhone as I think it is great!

So, Dave there you are, I have plugged you blog mate! ;-) Keep it going and I hope Dale is ok.

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Judo... quick to change in some areas, not in others. 

In Judo, competition techniques change fast. What was working last year does not work this year. In the clubs yu see techniques being changed fast and regularly. We see stylistic changes regularly too.

So Judo people are rightly known as adaptable. Yet in other area we are so slow to change it is frightening!

I run my Judo podcast which was not my idea, it was Mike's idea, I just created a European version of his Judo Podcast. And to be frank, both Mike and I, were late to the party. Karate and Aikido had podcasts before we started ours.

Yet, here we are in late 2008 and there are still only 2 Judo podcasts. I started mine after Mike and mine started in 2006! And there are still just the two podcasts. Why? Is podcasting a bad idea? Is sharing expert knowledge with as many people as possible a bad idea? Yet there remain only two podcasts on Judo? Why are we not adapting?

Thoughts of Temjin 2
I have been blogging about Judo for years, roughly 2003 I think I started. Yet 5 years later there are only 70 odd blog feeds I have tracked down. Not exactly a huge number! What tiny percentage of the global Judo community is that?

I have given a lecture on "Coaching Digital Natives" ( ... al-natives ) to Judo coaches here in the UK. It was quite flattering and very rewarding that many of the Judo people in the lecture have now started blogs, Facebook groups etc (I am also giving the lecture again at the end of the month for the BJA by the way).

So change is possible... I have not given up hope for Judo, despite what some people may think from my cynical posts. I personally have met some great people doing awesome things. They are doing new and exciting things, and they are working!

But... they are doing it outside of the system. As individuals Judoka seem to be adaptable. But perhaps it is the associations/federations that are not adaptable.

Maybe this should be the focus of our attentions?
Maybe we should be driving forward new ideas deep into the hearts of our governing bodies? Maybe instead of doing cool new things, people should stop doing that and attend meetings? Maybe we should all show up on mass at the next commission/sub-committee meeting and cause some waves?

I don't think so. The "shock absorber" bureaucracy that is associations, meetings, commissions might be too much for us to overcome and worse the innovtors might be sucked into the mediocracy!

So what to do?
Well... here is my thought, lets seek out the innovators, the radicals. Seek them out and encourage them. Tell them they are "fighting the good fight" and support them 110%. Better yet find ways to get them together. Together in person, together online. And promote there ideas where ever and however we can.

...and then you can have ice cream! :-)

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