Here are some pics from last weekends BUCS, more to follow soon….
I said I would blog about our pre-training and I wanted to do it before BUCS because I feel reflecting upon the training once you know the result sometimes affects you opinion but I can only do what time allows.
I would say I am very experienced in short term preparation for specific competitions. When I competed for the army it was common to have a 2-3 week intense preparation period for a specific competition and since these competitive days I have coached the army and combined services in a similar scenario, often for the combined services championships or the national team championships.
This year was slightly different in terms of our BUCS preparation. Firstly I now work with a group of full-time athletes, the train around 20hrs per week so their level of preparation is very different. Secondly BUCS was brought forward by two weeks to the end of Feb, whilst this doesn’t sound like much students generally do not return to campus until the end of Jan so that only really left about 4 weeks to prepare for some students. Most of the full-time players did return earlier though in order to prepare for the British trials and some local players train with us regularly.
When I designed the original plan it was very much around the full-time players so there was around 6 weeks of training prior to BUCS and I figured if the kyu grades dipped in and out of the training as much as they could then this would be more training than most kyu grades.
Inevitably things change though and the number of injuries meant I had to include the kyu grades more and more. To be honest I am surprised how much the managed.
Here is the overview of the training:
To be honest there is no real secret, for me it is about mat time and volume of randori. I get as many dojo sessions as possible and just increase the volume of randori each each microcycle. I use both 7 day and 14 day microcycles in order to achieve volume, intensity and rest. The preparation ended in an overload week – the aim was for athletes to achieve 60-72 randori’s in the week. The most we did in one session was 13 x 5mins, I nearly always use 2 minute rest periods for hard randori, this is something I have experimented with a lot and I find after about 90 sec players are ready to go again and facing their partner, this leave 30 sec with them thinking ‘come on, i’m ready’ and this means they seem to always feel like they can do more.
Here is an example of a microcycle:
I am fortunate enough to now be surrounded by some coaches and athletes who can challenge my thinking and during the overload week I was challenged by a few coaches who thought we were doing too much and people were too tired. I like to be challenged like this, it forces me to really reflect, a very deep and questioning reflection. I decided to persist, I expected more players to be struggling than were and although there was some emotion it just felt right to me. I have already thought about how I will change things for next year based on a conversation with Yasuke Hayashi (a Japanese judoka visiting us).
Anyway, this post is getting far too long! Next post i’ll talk about the competition itself 🙂
Just a quick post, following on from my last one really. Whilst teaching undergrad sports students to teach in schools I made a rule – you can only talk for 45 seconds at a time!
We timed people talking/demonstrating and observed the children to see when the lost interest, 45sec was about the max time. Last week when I spoke to my coaches about the session I mentioned this, the idea is the children spend more time doing and less time pretending to listen!
I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂
I am currently in a very fortunate position to have 4 newly qualified level 2 coaches at the club. All 4 of them are technically very proficient and we run the class in a sort of “round robin”. We have a children’s class with about 30 kids in, we split the session so they all warm up together (normally some sort of game followed by gymnastics, ukemi and ebi).
Then we split them into groups and we have 2-4 “stations” with each group doing 10 mins at each station (for example one on kumi kata, one on a throw and one on a hold down/turnover).
This works great, the kids don’t get bored, coaches only have 10 minutes so if there is an annoying kid or it isn’t going well it’s not long. Also we normally have two stations running at once so each coach gets a rest session and we have a “policemen” who can go from group to group and help with coaching points or discipline.
We then move on to randori (nage waza and ne waza) before finishing with some sort of game and a cool down.
The cool down is normally taken by one of the sports leaders and this gives me the chance to quickly de-brief the coaches on their coaching.
Here are some pictures…
In this one you can see the nage waza session and the ne waza in the background
Glenn with the little ones…
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
There’s more to come, we have lots of video too.
This weekend was once again the British University and Colleges championships and another very successful weekend for Anglia Ruskin University. The competition is fought over two days with individual championships fought on the Saturday and the Team Championships on the Sunday.
We had a strong squad of player this year with 13 players fighting. We also had a mix of kyu grades (coloured belts) and dan grades (black belts). For the first time this year we also had female fighters. We had a very successful day with three golds, and two bronze in the dan grades and two 5ths in the kyu grades. In total we had 58 fights in the individual competition with 40 wins, 37 of which were ippon! The medallists were –
Mike Stewart u66 dan grade GOLD
Adrian Markov u81 dan grade GOLD
Andre Cojuhari +100 dan grade GOLD
Johnathon Morris u81 dan grade BRONZE (only lost to Adrian)
Janaina Magalhaes u63 dan grade BRONZE
Brian Koehn u73 kyu grade 5th
Ishmael Tappaev u73 kyu grade 5th
I think in someways we were unlucky to have all three of our u81 dan grade men to end up on the same side of the draw, if not we could have maybe got gold, silver and bronze in that weight group. This is also our first female medal ever.
The team event on the Sunday say 16 universities in the mens section. The Anglia Ruskin team was aching from having so many fights on day one (25 fights between the 5 of them) and we lost our heavy weight forcing us to put in a reserve. We also withdrew our women’s team. The team was still strong:
u66 Mike Stewart
u73-90 Glenn MIller
u73-90 Adrian Markov
u73-90 Johhny Morris
+90 Josh Plant
We fought Aberdeen, Nottingham, Birmingham, Imperial, and Herriot Watt on our way to face Oxford in the final. The scores were:
Anglia Ruskin 5 Aberdeen 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Nottingham 1
Anglia Ruskin 5 Birmingham 0
Anglia Ruskin 5 Imperial 0
Anglia Ruskin 4 Herriot Watt 1
Anglia Ruskin 3 Oxford 1 (there was one draw)
Overall on day two the team had 29 fights and 26 wins, 21 of these were ippon.
In total over the weekend Anglia Ruskin’s 13 players had 87 fights with 66 wins. Of these 66 wins 58 were ippon. For the second year running we have run the mens team championships, this year we also topped the medal table for the individual event and we won our first women’s medal.
Our university team can only win because of the great support we have had, in particular we would like to thank the following:
Fighting Films for providing the judo kits
Unisport UK for providing the stash
Susie Chesher for booking the accommodation
The students union who provided transport and entry
Most of all we would like to thank Dr Sheila Pankhurst – Head of Department of Life Sciences for support and funding of the entire judo project.
Some photos and videos will follow soon 🙂
This weekend five players from Anglia Ruskin competed in the London area University Championships held at Brunel University. We did well in terms of medals:
Dmitri Galaev – Gold
Ishmael Tappaev – Gold
Mike Stewart – Silver
Steve Squire – Bronze
Josh Plant – Bronze
More importantly the players fought really well, medals are nice but it is far better to see the player implementing the changes we are making to their judo.
On Sunday three players also fought in the Littlport senior championships. Mike Stewart won gold & Steve Squire won silver.
I haven’t got time to go into much detail as I am just heading out to the mighty Camberley JC for their randori night but I have made a short video of some of the ippons. Unfortunately none of Josh’s are on there, they were just too quick, the camera hadn’t started, in fact for one of them they had to restart the clock just to register a time (3sec).
The English open was tough today.
First on was Glenn Miller who fought Abbas Salihu. The fight was going well, both players quite even but Abbas eventually won at full-time by two shidos. His next fight was against Nathaniel Alcaraz-Stapleton who could Glenn with a huge uchimata right at the start of the contest. This competition hasn’t changed my opinion of what I want to get Glenn working on next, I think he was just unlucky and still fatigued from last week.
Natasha fought Coralie Bonvin in her first fight, again the fight was going well but then Natasha was held down for ippon. Her second fight was a against a player she has fought a lot and never beaten – Emma Imrie, and she lost when her O Uchi Gari was countered for ippon. She did fight better against Emma though and I think both her fights had positive aspects too them. We have already decided what we want to go away and work on.
Next up was Mike Stewart, his first fight was a battle against Ian Bryne who trains at Camberley judo club. The fight went the full five minutes and was a demonstration of some amazing agility on Mike’s part but just a warm up for what was to come. His second fight was a short fight with John Walters which Mike won with a strangle.
Mike’s 3rd fight was nothing short of amazing. It showed some outstanding gymnastic ability on Mike’s part and a very high attack rate on the part of his opponent – Jon Spencer. Mike twisted, spun and somersaulted off of a sode, several yoko tomoe nages, several uchimatas and so much more. The fight went to golden score and then to hantei but before the referees got the flags even they were applauding! It was obvious the flags were going to go to Jon Spencer but it was equally obvious that Mike’s ability to avoid being thrown provided much the entertainment. Quite a few referees, players and coaches congratulated the players on the fight after. In honesty I haven’t a clue right now what to work on with Mike next but it looks like we’re moving him to u66kg.
The last player on was Josh Plant, always small for the u100kg he said he found his first opponent – Adam Hall very strong. He lost to Adam and then fought Neil Corin in the repercharge. This was a good fight, Josh was winning but was caught by a maki komi near the end of the fight. Josh is possibly the easiest of the four to decide on what I want to work on next. This is not because his judo is bad, in fact it is very strong it is just that I have noticed areas to work on with him.
Overall a good weekend, two medals and a 5th in the British schools and some great fights today. I wasn’t expecting medals today as this is the first time any of them had competed at this level, Mike and Josh both finished 7th.