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Some pictures from the last two week block of the European Judo Union L4 coach award

Here are  some pictures from the last block of the European Judo Union Level 4 performance award…..

Guest lecturers included Darren Warner, Neil Adams, Danial Lascau, Deborah Gravenstijn, Maki Tsukada, Ikumi Tanimoto, Mike Stocker (EIS) and the General Secretary of the EJU Envic Galea. Modules taught include performance analysis for judo, physiology for judo, Sports development and talent development pathways.



There is more information on this course at the Anglia Ruskin University judo pages – http://www.anglia.ac.uk/judo

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Do judo coaches need to know about physiology?

On the next block of the EJU level 4 performance coach award the first year group will study physiology. When I was writing this course I constantly asked myself what do coaches need to know? Based upon my previous experiences as a coach, my academic knowledge and the literature on coaching knowledge I developed the model below, I probably read it somewhere and adapted it or maybe put several things I’d read together, I really can’t remember.

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Image taken from one of my powerpoint lectures

I think coaches can learn a lot from experience and reflection but I also think if they have an underpinning knowledge of the science this reflective process of learning can be much faster and more economical. As you can see in the figure above I have added sources to the types of knowledge a coach needs and the sciences generally come from universities.

When I did my first degree, which was in sports science, I had a biomechanics lecturer who always used to say “you cannot change the laws of the universe” and of course he is correct, for example we cannot change gravity but we can manipulate it’s affect if we understand it, take the fosbery flop for example!

So do judo coaches need to understand physiology? Well just like the “laws of the universe” you cannot change physiology but you can manipulate and you can gain huge advantages. In his speech in the film ‘any given Sunday’ Al Pacino says the game is “all about inches” and “taking the inches”. I think judo is the same, every inch matters and you can gain these performance inches in many ways – technical, tactical, psychological etc but also physiologically.

I am not suggesting coaches should be physiologist but lets be honest – they write the “periodised year plan” and most have no idea about the underlying physiology. In some countries they do, Germany, Russia, China and France for example. So if coaches don’t need to be physiologist how much physiology do they need to know? Well, in my opinion, they need to be able to understand physiological test results and apply them to their year plan, they need to be able to interact with the S&C coaches/doctor/physio etc but most importantly they need to understand the physiological demands of the sport so they can apply them to their mat sessions!

Can you honestly say you fully understand the physiological demands of judo? How much lactate would you expect your players to produce in randori? In shiai? How can you test recovery in the taper? Do you sessions mimic the physiological demands of shiai? How can you improve your athletes recovery?

Here are some pictures of our coaches developing their physiology knowledge so that their players can win their fights inch by inch.


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Second week of the EJU coaching awards – Easter block

Following on from my previous post  we have just completed the second week of the Easter block of the European Judo Union Level 4 coaching award. This week we also had some amazing guest lecturers.

On Monday we had the current performance director of British judo and Former world champion Daniel Lascau (7th Dan). He took the students through nage no kata explaining how coaches need to understand the underlying principles of judo in order to improve performance.

Wednesday we were joined by world and Olympic champion Maki Tsukada, she presented in the classroom on the talent development system at Tokai university before taking a mat session at Comberton judo club open to all players in the area, including juniors. There were around 70 people on the mat!

On Thursday we had double european and world champion Loretta Cusack (7th Dan). In her first session she explained how coaches can use drills to move their students from technique to skill; in her second session she presented on some of the difference between male and female judoka, she highlighted things coaches should be aware of when coaching females.

Throughout the week we Hatsuyuki Hamada (8th Dan) with us, he took many many sessions for us. Many people reading this would not have heard of Hatsuyuki Hamada, he was  the Japanese national coach for the Atlanta Olympic games and the personal coach of Ryoko Tani (7 x world champion and 2 x Olympic champion). Hamada sensei took too many sessions to discuss in one blog, his sessions were amazing and very good fun. On Wednesday he travelled to Dartford to see the England training camp as some of the players had previously met Hamada sensei not heir trip to Japan.

An absolutely fantastic two weeks that had a good balance of academic study and mat based sessions. I will try to post some more photos later. There is more information on this world leading coaching program run by Anglia Ruskin University for the European Judo Union at www.anglia.ac.uk/judo.

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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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It’s been a while and here’s why!


It has been a while since I last blogged and there is good reason for this. I am involved in the preparation of the new European Judo Union Level 4 and 5 coaching awards that will be run at Anglia Ruskin University. These awards are very detailed and to my knowledge there is no other coach education system like it in the world. This course is open to all judo coaches regardless of whether they are in the EJU or another continental union.

I am module leader on two modules that will run this summer and having put together the sessions I thought I would put one them into this blog for people to see, there is an impressive number of staff delivering these sessions and this, combined with the experience of the students, creates an amazing learning environment.

The sessions for the first year module are outlined below, their order may change and they are far from fixed in stone so please let me know if you have any ideas of other topics that may be covered.


Module: Applied Pedagogy in Judo

Session 1:                                                                        Bob Challis

An overview of the coaching process and lessons to be covered

The aim of this presentation is to give you an understanding of the coaching process and its key elements. This Sessions presentation will also serve as an overview for the module and an explanation of the assessments.


Session 2:                                                                         Bob Challis

Theoretical models of the coaching process

Various researchers have tried to model the process of coaching athletes. In this sessions we will critically evaluate these models and there worth to front line coaching.


Session 3:                                                                         Bob Challis

Planning and implementing training sessions

Focussing on the process of delivery and planning using practical examples and real life coaching experience that takes into consideration aspects such as time to plan, coaches being volunteers, class management issues.


Session 4:                                                             Kjell van – Paridon

Goal Setting

As an experienced coach you will already have an understanding of goal setting from an applied perspective. This module considers the theories and research relating to goal setting so that you can back up your goal setting practices from peer reviewed literature.


Session 5:                                                             Kjell van – Paridon

Controllable and uncontrollable

This session considers the controllable and uncontrollable factors of performance and relates them to goal setting and the control of anxiety.


Session 6:                                                                     Bob Challis

Styles of coaching and leadership

A style of coaching could mean the difference between athletes staying with a particular coach and/or leaving a sport altogether. There is no correct or correct styles of leadership but there are styles that are more appropriate to different genders, ages, abilities, sports and sessions. This lecture explores which coaching/leadership styles are most appropriate for you and your team/sport.


Session 7:                                                                         Bob Challis

Learning Styles and differentiation

Understanding how an individual learns and how best to deliver sessions and feedback to the individual is an essential aspect of coaching whether and recreational or performance level. This session will focus upon the approaches to learning and learning styles.


Session 8:                                                                         Bob Challis

Learning Styles and differentiation Part  2

Following on fromt he above session this one will focus upon types of intelligence and differentiation on the judo mat.


Session 9:                                                                         Bob Challis

Feedback and delivering feedback

The coaching process is based upon a coaches observation of a movement and then then the intervention of the coach to elicit positive changes in performance. The type of feedback and the timing of feedback is essential to the economical delivery of performance changes.


Session 10:                                                                     Bob Challis

Practical Sessions on Learning styles and feedback

This session will apply the knowledge gained in the previous sessions to a mat based scenario.


Session 11:                                                                     Bob Challis

The reflective coach

Sports’ coaching is seen as an episodic process through which components of performance that require improvement are observed then developed. Despite the range of challenges, evaluation of sports coaching effectiveness is almost exclusively focused on competitive performance outcomes. One consequence of this is that sports coaches are rarely judged on the quality of their own practice, such that the understanding and improvement of this element of practice is often ignored. Côté et al’s (1995) sports coaching model suggests that sports’ coaching is determined by the way a coach evaluates what is required to enhance an individual or team.  This lecture will consider the theory of reflection and it’s use in coaching.


Session 12:                                                                     Bob Challis

The reflective coach Part 2

This lecture will consider how coaches reflect on their performance and how they can effectively reflect in a time efficient manner using practical examples.


Session 13:                                                                     Dan Gordon

The physiology of the warm up

Coaches often understand the components of a warm but not all coaches fully understand the physiology of what they are trying to achieve. The warm up is an area of coaching that changes regularly, understanding the physiology of the warm up will help coaches understand the rationale of changes.


Session 14:

The warm up (Practical)                                                Ed Hallam

This will be a practical sessions on dynamic warm ups for judo.


Session 15:                                                                     Bob Challis

Coaching Female Athletes

Is coaching females different to coaching males? Why do more males than females participate in sport? Why are there less female coaches in sport? This presentation considers the difference between male and females athletes and coaches and goes on to consider strategies for males coaching females and vice versa.


Session 16:                                                                     Bob Challis

Anti-Doping and the coach

The issues of doping in sport are rarely out of the media. This presentation looks at the history of doping and anti-doping, uses case studies, explains the different types of drug abuse and looks at what the athlete and coach need to know about testing and testing protocols.

Session 17:                                                                     Emma Jagger

Gymnastics for Judo

As judo coaches most of us will expect our athletes to be able to do some gymnastics, this might be simple techniques such as forward rolls, backward rolls and cartwheels or more complicated techniques such as hand springs. These two sessions will consider how we break these down so that we can teach them efficiently.


Session 18:                                                                     Emma Jagger

Gymnastics for Judo part 2

As above.


Session 19:                                                                     Andrew Moshanov

Mens Judo Vs Womens Judo

The majority of session in judo around the world are mixed classes, this session will start to provide an understanding of the differences between male judo and female judo.


Session 20:                                                                     Andrew Moshanov

Lightweight Judo Vs Heavyweight Judo

There are not many judo environment around the world where lightweight and heavy weights are kept completely separate yet most judo coaches will tell you there are huge differences between heavy weight and lightweight judo. What are these differences though? Are they just speed to power ratio or is there more too it?


Session 21:                                                                             TBC

Mens Judo Vs Women’s Judo

Roy Inman has coached 8 world champions, 21 european champions and 5 Olympic medals, all of these were female. In this session Roy will outline what he perceives are the differences between mens and women’s judo.


Session 22:                                                                             TBC

The coach-athlete relationship

Session 23 considers the theory of the coach athlete relationship. In this sessions Roy Inman discusses the same topic based on his experience of over 30 years coaching.


Session 23:                                                                 Kjell Van – Paridon

The coach-athlete relationship

Understanding the coach – athlete relationship is important but you need to understand how these relationships are formed, why they are such strong bonds and how you can use these relationships to enhance performance. This session considers the theory of the coach – athlete relationship and provides you with research based evidence on the subject.


Session 24:                                                                             TBC

The matside coach

Some coaches and athletes will tell you that the matside coach is pointless, some will tell you the matside coach is essential. The truth is for some it is essential and for others he/she is barley required. Roy Inman has spent a considerable amount of time assessing his and others matside coaching and in this session explains his system.


Session 25:                                                                             TBC

Working with Referees

In 2003 Sir Clive Woodward took an international referee to the rugby world cup. Many thought this was extreme and he went on to explain that this referee had been working in the England training camp for sometime and that anyone who questioned the use of a referee in this way did not truly understand high performance. In this session a referee will explain how he feel we could integrate referees into our coaching structure and how this could improve our performance. He will also discuss how coaches and referees could work together more efficiently at competitions.


Session 26:                                                                 Kjell van-Paridon

Sports Psychology for coaches

There is an entire first year module on this topic but in this session Kjell will introduce some of the key areas and topics whilst relating them to the pedagogical strategies of coaches.


Session 27:                                                                 Kjell van-Paridon

Leadership in Sport

Leadership in sport is often associated with team sports but in this session you will consider leadership within the judo environment.


Session 28:                                                                 Kjell van-Paridon

Group Dynamics in Sport

How are groups formed? Who are the most influential people in a group? How can groups be led to a singular objective? These questions will be answered in this lecture.


There are several judo specific lecturers on this two week block including Bob Challis, Dr Mike Callan, Dr Andrew Moshanov, Syd Hoare, Emanuela Pirentozzi, Daniel Lascau and many others.


Here is a pdf document showing all the modules for the course

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