The aim of this page is to let people know what my PhD research area is and how this is beneficial to the judo community. I am currently a full-time member of staff at Anglia Ruskin University and therefore they are funding me to complete a PhD part-time over 5-6 years.
The working title of my research is “A technical, tactical and time motion analysis of lightweight women’s judo” and the aims are quite simple:
- To develop an understanding of the technical aspects of lightweight women’s judo
- To develop an understanding of the tactical aspects of lightweight women’s judo.
- To understand the physiological demands of lightweight women’s judo from a time motion perspective.
Some might ask why this is important. Well, in the UK, high performance judo has a budget of £7.9m of the tax payers money over a four year cycle. For arguments sake lets say this is split 50/50 for men and women, that is almost £1m per year of tax payers money to get a maximum of 7 Olympic medals. If we were spending this much tax payers money on anything else you would expect the delivery system to be very well researched so why not judo? Currently training is based upon the opinions of the performance director and her coaches, is this adequate? Obviously only London 2012 can decide if it is adequate although only having won one Olympic medal since 1992 might be an indicator.
Much of the current available research is dated, it is based upon old weight groups and old rules. There is also little research that focusses on both men and women and virtually none that is solely on women.
Developing an understanding of how women’s judo is different from men’s can inform coaches of how best to train female judo players.
Dr Andrey Moshanov
Published Research in this area to date:
Challis, D.G. (in Preparation). A Temporal Analysis of lightweight Women’s Judo in the 2010 World Championships. Not yet submitted.