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Off to the east! 

Hi All,
I am writing this post in advance of my next trip away with the IJF to Qingdao and Tokyo for two competitions. I am very fortunate to be able to attend these two events as China is a place not many people get to visit and Japan is the birthplace of Judo. To attend the biggest Judo competition in Japan is an amazing opportunity and I am really looking forward to it. I fly on Monday to Frankfurt to meet with the rest of the team, then onto China for the Grand Prix, before flying to Japan for the Grand Slam. Then back to Frankfurt and London.

It's been a busy period for me, those who have been keeping score will know that I went to two events in Turkey and one in Brazil last month. Also I ran the Hampshire Judo Team Championships (round 2) event. I will be away for round 3 which is a bit upsetting and I hope it all goes smoothly without me.

Worse I will be away from my Southampton Solent University Judo Club (aka Southampton City Judo Club) and Alresford Judo Club. I love coaching the kids and adults so it's hard not being there. Alresford is (as always) being taken care of by Cherie and Steve and others are looking aftre Southampton.

At the two events, as well as doing my regular duties I am hoping that my Raspberry Pi project can be tested out. This is the project to automate the collection and tweeting of results from the IJF scoreboards. You might remember I tested the software earlier in the year. It tweets from @judoticker on twitter and the data collected is stored in a CouchDB database which I should be ok to link to at some stage.

I will also be putting the finishing touches on the 2013 Hampshire Judo competition calendar. It is almost ready and that has been an interesting challenge trying to build a calendar that conflicts as little as possible with other events, spreads events over the year and provides suitable events for as many groups of people as possible (from kids to special needs to kata to ne waza and more).
It is far too late in the year to be putting it together, but I'm new to the post and it's all a learning curve for me!

I am determined in 2013 to blog more. It amazes and upsets me that in the last year or two I have been doing much more interesting things and not sharing them here. For crying out loud, I am terrible. I have been going all these interesting places, learning so much and not sharing it. And worse, not learning as much as I could as I am not taking the time to write and reflect on what I experience and see. Bad Lance, bad bad Lance!

So I shall call this post finished and wrote another hopefully from Chinas and/or Japan. Please do leave comments or email me as it really does motivate me to write more.


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Judo World Team Championships - MEN 

Today the men compete here in Salvador, Brazil.

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Please share the link with your club mates so they can enjoy what will be a very loud day of judo.
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Judo World Team Championships LIVE 

The 2012 Judo World Team Championships from Salvador in Brazil are now being streamed live!

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Karina Bryant Video 

Below is a video about Bronze Medalist Karina Bryant:

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Colin Oates Video 

Another in the series of videos on GB Judo athletes, this time Colin Oates who had a great performance.

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