Monthly Archives: April 2011

Turkey – Last day

Today was our last day of teaching in Turkey. It has been a hectic two weeks, with a lot of hurry up and wait. I have learnt three very important things about Turkey. Firstly when you are told 5 minutes they mean one hour, this is very frustrating but it seems to be the norm. Secondly, when you’re told “everything is okay” they mean, “I am going to try and blag this and it will probably go wrong.” Lastly, it is not always hot in Turkey, it has been freezing all week!

We have had another two days of lectures in the Olympic training centre, these went well although the students were every tired from the four days at the stadium. We had lectures on performance analysis, jita kyoei, judo tactics, reflective practice and some others. The people at the Turkish Olympic centre were fantastic, really looked after us.

Today we were on the mat. We went to a sports centre that seems to specialise in combat sports, they had five very large dojo’s (six mat areas in each), one for judo, one for wrestling and one for taekwondo and I didn’t see the others so I am not sure what they were. The morning session was with EJU vice president and former world champion, Danial Lascau who did an excellent mat based session on Seiryoku Zenyo. We then had student assessments that were mat based. We had several Turkish coaches join us for this session, including the national womens coach and the famous Tataroglu (4 x world medallist, 4 x European Champion & 12 x European medallist in total).

We finished the day teaching some Turkish judo players, one group took the junior national squad players that included u23 world and European medallists. The other group took a large group of children who were fairly new to judo. This was great.

Tomorrow is a well earned day off and then we fly back early Friday.


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Turkey so far….

The aim of this block of teaching was to deliver three modules whilst at a European championships, this allows us to integrate the students with the European Judo Union at their pinnacle event of the year.

We arrived in Turkey on Monday and teaching started Tuesday. To be honest Tuesday was a bit of a nightmare. The dojo was a long way from the hotel and this caused many travel issues. Although it was only 40km Turkish traffic is notoriously bad and the journey (on a metro and some buses) took nearly 3hrs. We did the mat session, led by Jeugen Klinger and then returned to the hotel. I was wondering what I was doing at this point!

Wednesday we did some lectures, fortunately we were at the Turkish Olympic building and everything ran pretty smoothly. We have lectures from Jeugen Klinger and Hrvoje Lindi, Dr Mike Callan and myself. Later in the day we went to the official hotel for accreditation and had the process explained to us by EJU sports director Densign White. We were then invited into the referees meeting by Jan Snijders (EJU refereeing Director) and then into the Draw by Daniel Lascau.

The four days of judo have been tough (team finals on right now!) i will blog about the actual judo later but need time to reflect. The students have worked hard throughout the competition. They rotated around three stands, the first of which was shadowing an EJU member of staff the showed the refereeing commission, Judo check/backnumber check and competition control. I have to say the refereeing commission was by far the most interesting and students were generally amazed at how they worked.

On another day they worked with the performance analysis teams of GBR, FRA, GER and JAP. They helped to code fights live using the dartfish software. The final stand for the students was a marketing stand for the EJU level 3, 4, 5 and 6 coaching awards. We have 70 people interested in these awards and several nationas wishing to send their national coaches, players or cadet coaches.

We have a long week ahead, two days of lectures at the Turkish Olympic centre and then a day on the mat Wednesday with Danial Lascau (EJU vice president and former world champion) and then student assessments for the rest of the day.

I’ll try and blog more later and add some pictures too 🙂


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So I am almost finished packing, although I have to say I am not sure exactly how I am going to get my washkit in the bag.

I am going to Turkey for two weeks, not on holiday but to deliver the next two-week block of the European Judo Union level 4 and 5 coaching awards. We decided that as the European Judo Championships were on at the same time as our two-week block we could attend the championships and deliver our lectures, mat sessions and seminars all at the same time.

Needless to say it has not been an easy process organising this trip. The Turkish Judo federation have been very supportive and have provided a hotel for us. The European Judo Union have also been very supportive. There are 15 students and three staff. There will be lectures and mat sessions delivered by TeamBath head coach Juergen Klinger, former world champion and vice president of the EJU Daniel Lascau, EJU general secretary Envic Galea, performance analyst Thierry Loison from France, EJU sports director and Croatian judo federation directing committee member Hrvoje Lindi, Director of judospace and IJAR president Dr Mike Callan and myself. We are also hoping that Mr. Sergey Soloveychik, President of the European Judo Union will address the students.

All students and staff have been accredited to the to European championships and will undertake different tasks each day. This will include shadowing members of the EJU during the competition to gain a greater understanding of the complexities presented when organising such an event. They will also spend a day with the performance analysis teams observing how they collect data.

I will try to update from Istanbul, not sure how the wifi connection is going to be though.


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New pen :)

I know this doesn’t sound exciting but it is actually quite impressive, well I think it is anyway 🙂

This is no normal pen, it is a livescribe pen. I am not bad at taking lecture notes but what I am bad at is storing them or filing them, I have paper everywhere! The other thing I am rubbish with is taking notes in meetings, I always get back to my office a forget what I was supposed to do.

A livescribe pen records everything, I know, this is not that impressive. What it also does though is turn all your notes into electronic format so now they can all be filed on your computer with the audio attached. My filing on my computer is much better than my folder filing, almost OCD like.

But it goes much further than this, I can search the notes for any word in them and it even recognises my terrible hand writing. Imagine being able to search all your undergrad notes instantly 🙂  Further still it links the audio to the writing so wherever you click the audio is linked, it doesn’t matter if it is writing or a diagram or whatever.

I have only used it a couple of times so far but so far I am happy with it. I think it could be great for dyslexic students.

There are some videos here, check it out 🙂

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