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BUCS pre-training

So, it is nearly upon us! The British University and Colleges Championships 2014. Our men’s team are hoping to defend their three year reign and we’re also hoping our women’s team will medal for the first time ever. The good thing about judo is you just never know! Even through we’ve trained pretty hard we could go out in the first round. Anyway, below is the five weeks of training we have done in preparation. We’ve been pretty busy and just have to hope the hard work pays off 🙂 Unfortunately some of our key players are injured and won’t be able to fight but that’s just something we’ll have to get on with.

We have around 12 full-time athletes currently and we’re hoping this will raise to around 20. We feel 20 will give us enough to run strong sessions but few enough to be able to focus on individuals. Our full-time players are boosted over this period but he stronger kyu grades who will fight in BUCS, this year we’re taking our biggest team ever – 20 athletes and all have trained hard.

Here are some pictures of our training programme. Obviously we don’t just train like this for BUCS, our full-time athletes train throughout the year.

Microcycle 20 Jan - 3 feb 2014 Microcycle 3-9 Feb 2014

Microcycle 10-23 Feb 2014

Here are some pics of our training sessions throughout the five weeks 🙂

And here are some pics from the NHC open, one of our preparation events …

If you would like more information on the Anglia Ruskin Judo Programme please visit http://www.anglia.ac.uk or email judo@anglia.ac.uk.

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Week one in pictures…

Week one of the summer block of the EJU level 4 performance coach award is complete! Here are some pictures, the students are going down to the British Judo Performance Institute today for the test fights and overload training of the British Olympic team.

Some pictures of the Strength and Conditioning module delivered at Core-Cambridge, more photo’s of this soon. Also our biomechanics preparation lectures, physiology practical sessions and mat based sessions with world and Olympic champion Maki Tsukada.


Week two is just as packed!!

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European Judo Union Level 4 performance coach award – Week one

A very busy first week of the Easter block of the European Judo Union Level 4 performance coach award. This award is split across six two-week blocks over a three year period and is arguably one of the best coaching programs in the world, across all sports.

Over these two weeks our two year groups will take three module. Year 1 students are doing a 30 credit module called “Applied pedagogy in Judo” and the year two students are doing two 15 credit modules – Sports Development and Talent Development Pathways in Judo. After th block each group will also have an online module each.

Lecturers this week have included….

Bob Challis (Pathway Leader & EJU level 5 high performance coach)

Dr Mike Callan (Director of judospace and President of IAJR)

Nuno Delgado (Olympic Bronze Medallist & EJU level 4 performance coach)

Dr Lisa Allen (Judo event manager London Olympics 2012)

Kat McDonald (Presented on Athletes in Education and works at TeamBath)

Matt Divall (England Excell coordinator and EJU level 5 high performance coach)

Craig Fallon (World and Olympic champion)

Our mat based sessions have been at Comberton Village College who Anglia Ruskin already work closely with for their judo program. These sessions have been world class! I will post more information on some of them in others posts.

It was also god to see some of our judo players from our full-time program making the most of this special environment and coming along to the sessions.


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European Judo Union level 4 and 5 coaching award – week 1

It is the end of week one of our physiology for judo block on the European Judo Union level 4 and 5 coaching awards. It has been a very demanding week that has included learning about the energy systems, the neuromuscular system and relating these to judo. The students have enjoyed the block so far but rather than waffle I will leave you with some pictures.


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There is more information about this two week block on Facebook at the judo knowledge page and there is more information on joining the course at www.anglia.ac.uk/judo. We are also on twitter @EJUCoach.

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The day of the underdog….

Last week was the British University championships. Over 100 universities competed in about 20 sports. The judo was contested over the weekend, Saturday was the Individual championships and Sunday was the team championships. There were 58 universities competing in the individual and 18 in the teams.

Anglia Ruskins first pool went well –

Strathclyde 5-0 to Anglia Ruskin (5 ippons)

Nottingham 5-0 to Anglia Ruskin (5 ippons)

Manchester 3-2 to Anglia Ruskin (2 ippons)

London Imperial 4-1 to Anglia Ruskin (4 ippons and a loss by yuko)

The knock out stage saw us against Birmingham who fielded a team with jut three players and did exceptionally well to get this far. They were led by Diego Scardone who is a good friend and a fantastic judo player. We beat them 4-1 and then had Edinburgh who had just beaten Bath, we beat them 4-1 with some tough fights.

In the final we faced Loughborough who are the number one sporting university in the UK (Anglia Ruskin are about 104th) but we were pretty confident and won 3-2.

I think us winning was a surprise to most people, I know Oxford were very confident and didn’t even medal, but we were pretty confident in out ability. All but one of our starting team have a senior GB ranking and he is French so wouldn’t try to get one. We also had a full team of reserves for the first time ever.

Some people are saying we only won because Bath had a weak team. I think their team was strong, not the strongest they’ve had but it wasn’t weak! So I looked at our stats for our starting team in both the team event and individual event. They fought in 59 fights between the 5 of them, they won 48 fights and lost 11, I think that is pretty good. I think they got 41 ippons in their 48 wins which also isn’t bad 🙂

We also won three medals int he individual, a gold for Danny Williams and Bronzes for Mike Stewart and Brian Koehn.

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