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EJU level 4 coaching award Summer 2013

The summer block of the EJU level 4 performance coach award is fast approaching and preparation is frantic! It feels like we have only just finished out Easter block that saw Olympic champions Maki Tsukada and Alina Dumitru taking technical sessions they were joined by Darren Warner (GB coach), Jean-Claude Prierre (from IBSA) and Isamu Nakaura (professor at Kanoya University). The modules taught were applied pedagogy in judo, Planning for sport and Judo technical principles.

This summer we will have three cohorts doing six modules:

  • Year 1- Sports Physiology and Physiology for judo
  • Year 2- Sports Development and Talent Development Pathways
  • Year 3- Performance Analysis for Judo and Psychological Profiling for combat sports

The first years will also complete an online module in sports psychology and the year 2 and three students an online module in research methods.

Guest lecturers on this two week block include Deborah Gravenstein, Darren Warner, Lance Wicks, Neil Adams, Daniel Lascau and Envic Galea. We may also have some EIS psychologists coming.

I’ll post some more on the individual modules is I get time before the block starts, in the mean time here is some pics from previous blocks. There is more info on the EJU course at


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EJU level 4 and 5 coaching qualifications

Thanks Dave, i’ll be blogging about our next block soon!

Advanced Apprenticeship Judo Blog

I just wanted to post about my experience of completing the level 4 qualification a few years ago. It’s around this time of year that Dr Mike Callan and Mr Bob Challis start looking for new students for their suite of qualifications. There have been a few blog entries on the judospace website recently and just thought I would add a few personal thoughts from my own experience as a student. I was apprehensive initially as I doubted my own judo ability and questioned wether I would be capable of completing the course. As well as the coaching qualification there was a foundation degree to complete. I had not participated in any form of higher education since leaving school so was a little nervous. I found the lectures very informative and received lots of help and advice from my tutors and Colleagues. The judo specific content was second to none…

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On the up…..

It’s a long time since I last posted to my blog, unfortunately I have had a lot of marking and admin to complete recently. I did want to write a quick post though about the Miami Grand Prix last weekend. I watched this online despite it being quite late here in the UK and me coaching children both days. Whilst watching it I couldn’t help but think British judo is performing much better than before, I thought i’d have a look….

In the 2008-2012 Olympic cycle Great Britain won the following Grand Prix medals-

  • Dusseldorf 2012 – Euan Burton (Silver)
  •  Amsterdam 2011 -Sophie Cox & Karina Bryant (Bronze)
  • Quindao 2011 –  Karina Bryant (Bronze)
  •  Baku 2012 – Gemma Howell (Bronze)

That is just one silver and four bronze over a four year period (this is only Grand slams!). Maybe I have missed a few? Anyway bring on 2012 (post London & 2013 (up until June) and already we have won –

  • Dusseldorf 2012 – Gemma Gibbons (Gold)
  • Quindao 2012 – Gemma Howell (Bronze)
  • Miami 2013 – Tom Reed (Gold), Natalie Powell & Asley McKenzie (Bronze)
  • Samsun 2013 – Sally Conway (Gold), Chris Sherrington & Natalie Powell (Bronze)

That’s three golds and five bronzes! So in less than half an Olympic cycle we have produced a better performance at Grand prix events than the entire previous Olympic cycle – not bad 🙂

Of course the real question is why? The truth is we don’t know. Of course we could speculate – less politics for the players to deal with, a more British set up, players felling okay about training where they want to train. It is early days and this is only looking at Grand prix results but what I would say, as we find a new performance team taking charge, is rather than try to change the course of what is already happening maybe we should put our effort into making it work even better. Try moving it “fast, higher, stronger” in the direction it is going rather than trying to change course entirely! Surely this would be more inline with the principles of seiryoku zenyō.




June 23, 2013 · 5:16 pm