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.
Here are some of the podium shots from BUCS, we won three golds and two bronze in the individual making us the top of the medal table and then the mens team championships. Medals went to:
Mike Stewart Gold U66kg
Adrian Markov Gold U81kg
Andre Cojuhari Gold O100kg
Johnny Morris Bronze U81kg
Janaina Magalhaes Bronze U63kg
For me, the best judo competition of the year is the British University and Colleges Sports Championships or BUCS. You have around 25 sports competing over the week and once accredited you can go and watch whatever you want. The judo is fought on the Saturday and Sunday, individuals on the Saturday and teams on the Sunday.
One of the great things about BUCS is the variety in players, universities generally have a three year cycle so the players you see each year are always changing plus there is a lot more foreign players and every year at least one university turns up with someone special.
Last year Anglia Ruskin won the mens team event and got a gold and a silver in the individuals. of course I would love to win the mens team event again, we’ll see. For me the journey there is more interesting, last year we had to borrow white or blue belt off our opponent – how embarrassing going into the final of the team championships and having to ask your opposition (Loughborough) for belts! If nothing else we’re much better kitted out this year thanks to last years win, all players fighting in the team have two superstars fighting films kits with the uni logo embroider on it plus we have t-shirts etc
Our training has been very different too, last year we had a 2-3 week “beat up” where we intensified the training. This year we have been at a slightly lower intensity for about 8 weeks with a lot of competitions. The players have been very motivated and have bonded well. We have used video pretty affectively again.
Last year we had the British number one in the -73kg Danny Williams, he won every fight but we do not have him this year, he is in Japan preparing for London. We’ll see what affect this has.
Another development this year is that we have some women players, this is great and I am really hoping they do well.
We are at a new venue this year – Don Valley stadium. I really hope this venue is good, last year we were on the running track at the EIS and it was great. I just hope they haven’t ruined this great event by moving it somewhere poor.
So I guess we just have to wait and see, about 40 hours to the weigh in and the battle commences Saturday morning. I have looked at the teams and there are 10 on my ‘serious’ list and 4 of them go on my ‘seriously dangerous list’. Can we do better than last year? I’ll let you know 😉
Saturday I will be heading out to Paris for the 7th International Association of Judo Researchers symposium. The event is looking good with presentations that cover a wide variety of topics.
The history of Dan system for female Judo
Presenter: Associate Professor Noriko Mizoguchi. Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. Japan
Presenter: Dr Mike Callan. Anglia Ruskin University. England
History of International Judo
Presenter: Professor Michel Brousse. l’Université de Bordeaux 2. France
Dr Shigeyoshi Matsumae
Presenter: Professor Yasuhiro Yamashita. Tokai University. Japan
Disabled people and the Potential of Judo
Presenter: Professor Takeshi Nakajima. Kokushikan University. Japan
Specific Exercise Testing in judo athletes
Presenter: Ms Elena Pocecco. University of Innsbruck. Austria
Modelling judo grip contest and simulations
Presenter: Professor Michel Calmet. Université de Montpellier 1. France
The performance of Explosive Muscular Actions of the Lower Body in Judo Athletes
Presenter: Professor Luis Montiero. Lusofona University. Portugal.
There will also be around 30 poster presentations. Anglia Ruskin has representation in the presentations from Dr Mike Callan and two posters, one from me and one from Janaina Magalhaes, who is a student on the EJU level 4 coaching award. Janaina is presenting on ‘O Soto Gari: the Role of Renrakukuwazas to this Major Throw’ and I am presenting ‘A temporal Analysis of the u48kg Women’s Judo at the 2010 World Championships’.
I’ll write more about the conference and, of course, the world championships when I am in Paris 🙂
If there are any of the presentations you’re particularly interested in let me know by commenting below and i’ll blog as much info as I can.