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 🙂