Monday saw the start of the summer block of the European Judo Union Level 4 performance coach award.
As explained in my previous post there are 4 modules – year one are predominantly doing physiology, year two are doing biomechanics and Strength & Conditioning.
Today has seen our first years looking at EMG and our second years doing strength and conditioning. There was also a keynote session by world and Olympic champion Maki Tsukada (JPN)
Here are some photos from so far….
Just a quick post, following on from my last one really. Whilst teaching undergrad sports students to teach in schools I made a rule – you can only talk for 45 seconds at a time!
We timed people talking/demonstrating and observed the children to see when the lost interest, 45sec was about the max time. Last week when I spoke to my coaches about the session I mentioned this, the idea is the children spend more time doing and less time pretending to listen!
I’ll let you know how it goes
I am currently in a very fortunate position to have 4 newly qualified level 2 coaches at the club. All 4 of them are technically very proficient and we run the class in a sort of “round robin”. We have a children’s class with about 30 kids in, we split the session so they all warm up together (normally some sort of game followed by gymnastics, ukemi and ebi).
Then we split them into groups and we have 2-4 “stations” with each group doing 10 mins at each station (for example one on kumi kata, one on a throw and one on a hold down/turnover).
This works great, the kids don’t get bored, coaches only have 10 minutes so if there is an annoying kid or it isn’t going well it’s not long. Also we normally have two stations running at once so each coach gets a rest session and we have a “policemen” who can go from group to group and help with coaching points or discipline.
We then move on to randori (nage waza and ne waza) before finishing with some sort of game and a cool down.
The cool down is normally taken by one of the sports leaders and this gives me the chance to quickly de-brief the coaches on their coaching.
Here are some pictures…
Ne waza with Mike, you can see me on the right watching both sessions
In this one Glenn is taking the nage waza and I have come across as the “policeman”
In this one you can see the nage waza session and the ne waza in the background
Glenn with the little ones…