Monthly Archives: March 2012
Here are some of the podium shots from BUCS, we won three golds and two bronze in the individual making us the top of the medal table and then the mens team championships. Medals went to:
Mike Stewart Gold U66kg
Adrian Markov Gold U81kg
Andre Cojuhari Gold O100kg
Johnny Morris Bronze U81kg
Janaina Magalhaes Bronze U63kg
This fight was the semi final of the u81kg, two Anglia Ruskin players – Johnny Morris and Adrian Markov, the fight went to gold score and then to hantei. Adrian won on hantei and this was the only fight Johnny lost out of the 12 he had over the weekend.
There’s more to come, we have lots of video too.
This weekend was once again the British University and Colleges championships and another very successful weekend for Anglia Ruskin University. The competition is fought over two days with individual championships fought on the Saturday and the Team Championships on the Sunday.
We had a strong squad of player this year with 13 players fighting. We also had a mix of kyu grades (coloured belts) and dan grades (black belts). For the first time this year we also had female fighters. We had a very successful day with three golds, and two bronze in the dan grades and two 5ths in the kyu grades. In total we had 58 fights in the individual competition with 40 wins, 37 of which were ippon! The medallists were -
Mike Stewart u66 dan grade GOLD
Adrian Markov u81 dan grade GOLD
Andre Cojuhari +100 dan grade GOLD
Johnathon Morris u81 dan grade BRONZE (only lost to Adrian)
Janaina Magalhaes u63 dan grade BRONZE
Brian Koehn u73 kyu grade 5th
Ishmael Tappaev u73 kyu grade 5th
I think in someways we were unlucky to have all three of our u81 dan grade men to end up on the same side of the draw, if not we could have maybe got gold, silver and bronze in that weight group. This is also our first female medal ever.
The team event on the Sunday say 16 universities in the mens section. The Anglia Ruskin team was aching from having so many fights on day one (25 fights between the 5 of them) and we lost our heavy weight forcing us to put in a reserve. We also withdrew our women’s team. The team was still strong:
u66 Mike Stewart
u73-90 Glenn MIller
u73-90 Adrian Markov
u73-90 Johhny Morris
+90 Josh Plant
We fought Aberdeen, Nottingham, Birmingham, Imperial, and Herriot Watt on our way to face Oxford in the final. The scores were:
Anglia Ruskin 5 Aberdeen 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Nottingham 1
Anglia Ruskin 5 Birmingham 0
Anglia Ruskin 5 Imperial 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Herriot Watt 1
Anglia Ruskin 3 Oxford 1 (there was one draw)
Overall on day two the team had 29 fights and 26 wins, 21 of these were ippon.
In total over the weekend Anglia Ruskin’s 13 players had 87 fights with 66 wins. Of these 66 wins 58 were ippon. For the second year running we have run the mens team championships, this year we also topped the medal table for the individual event and we won our first women’s medal.
Our university team can only win because of the great support we have had, in particular we would like to thank the following:
Fighting Films for providing the judo kits
Unisport UK for providing the stash
Susie Chesher for booking the accommodation
The students union who provided transport and entry
Most of all we would like to thank Dr Sheila Pankhurst – Head of Department of Life Sciences for support and funding of the entire judo project.
Some photos and videos will follow soon
For me, the best judo competition of the year is the British University and Colleges Sports Championships or BUCS. You have around 25 sports competing over the week and once accredited you can go and watch whatever you want. The judo is fought on the Saturday and Sunday, individuals on the Saturday and teams on the Sunday.
One of the great things about BUCS is the variety in players, universities generally have a three year cycle so the players you see each year are always changing plus there is a lot more foreign players and every year at least one university turns up with someone special.
Last year Anglia Ruskin won the mens team event and got a gold and a silver in the individuals. of course I would love to win the mens team event again, we’ll see. For me the journey there is more interesting, last year we had to borrow white or blue belt off our opponent – how embarrassing going into the final of the team championships and having to ask your opposition (Loughborough) for belts! If nothing else we’re much better kitted out this year thanks to last years win, all players fighting in the team have two superstars fighting films kits with the uni logo embroider on it plus we have t-shirts etc
Our training has been very different too, last year we had a 2-3 week “beat up” where we intensified the training. This year we have been at a slightly lower intensity for about 8 weeks with a lot of competitions. The players have been very motivated and have bonded well. We have used video pretty affectively again.
Last year we had the British number one in the -73kg Danny Williams, he won every fight but we do not have him this year, he is in Japan preparing for London. We’ll see what affect this has.
Another development this year is that we have some women players, this is great and I am really hoping they do well.
We are at a new venue this year – Don Valley stadium. I really hope this venue is good, last year we were on the running track at the EIS and it was great. I just hope they haven’t ruined this great event by moving it somewhere poor.
So I guess we just have to wait and see, about 40 hours to the weigh in and the battle commences Saturday morning. I have looked at the teams and there are 10 on my ‘serious’ list and 4 of them go on my ‘seriously dangerous list’. Can we do better than last year? I’ll let you know
I had a conversation today that made me think about player funding. In the ideal world we would be able to select our players for the next Olympic games four years out and fund them all the way up to the Olympic games thus providing financial certainty but is it really possible to know four years before who will perform? You would think that if you selected 4 players in each group you would have you Olympian within the four but is this really the case? Lets look at the current British team who MIGHT go to London:
Sophie Cox – who could have predicted her coming out of retirement?
Colin Oates – Who would have predicted his amazing rise over these four years?
Euan Burton – Many might have guessed Euan, but many would have bet against him because of his age
Hayley Willis – no-one could have seen this coming, not for London anyway
Whether you agree or disagree the point is it is very hard to determine four years before and I am not saying any of these players deserve or don’t deserve etc it is not about that, it is about predicability and judo is very very unpredictable.
So if we cannot know who is likely to be going how do we fund them?
Weel under the current system players are funded in many ways based upon performance and world and Olympic level but there are many grudges about funding so I thought I would put an idea forward.
Player Determined Funding
This is in many ways similar to what we have now, you perform well you get money but instead of the complex system we currently have it would be much more transparent. I would distribute money in much the same way as world ranking points, you would get money for a fight won, 5th, 7th, bronze, silver and gold and the money would be fixed for an entire Olympic cycle.
You would need to start low down in order to create a developmental ladder, lets say the trials. I would then ward fixed price prize money at European cup, World cup, Grand slam, European, World champs and Olympic etc So if you win the trials, for example, you would receive £1000 on the day, on the podium. Maybe European cup is £2000 for gold etc etc
One issue is the financial certainty of the players, if you ward prize money they never really know what income they have and when, this is an issue. Maybe you could say that players who win a world cup medal or European champs medal, world medal will receive £500 per month for x months on top of the prize money.
I would most definitely give prize money for the trial, probably even medals at ranking events. This would mean the top players attend and fight which would create more depth in domestic events.
Tesco Points cards
The other thing I wold consider is is system like tescos vouchers, for example if you spend £10 of your reward money on a European cup the BJA will make it up to £15, if you spend £10 on a World cup the BJA make is £20. This way players can realistically self fund world cups and European cups. You might also include other things player regularly have to pay for.
Players already can win prize money at world cups etc and it is common in other sports such as tennis, I truly think we have a problem with the way British judo players are funded (and this is in many cases because of UK sport not the BJA) and we need solution, this is just an idea off the top of my head, any other ideas would be more than welcome, please comment……..