March 22, 2019

Looking back at old competition footage makes me remember how much I loved the competition aspect of the sport and believe it or not the winning and losing was such a small part of it (I will admit I hated losing). So much so that most of my medals and trophies are sto...

March 20, 2019

3 reasons why Judoka’s need to concentrate on pulling the sleeve to improve their throwing ...

I am sure you have had your coach (or heard you childs' coach) telling you to pull the sleeve more when throwing ... and here are 3 very good reason for this.

  1. Kezushi (brea...

March 4, 2019

Principles of Judo stay true through all levels. 

When coaching at a higher level, I coach with an assumed knowledge (assuming the athletes I am working with know & understand certain principles depending on their level). This initially saves time and means as a group w...

February 25, 2019

Do you want to feel stronger, be thrown less and throw more?

Let's look at the 3 easiest things you can do as a beginner to improve. 

1. Stance - Whether you are right handed or left handed, standing with the correct foot forward makes a huge difference. Your stance is k...

January 20, 2019

Do you have children or know people who take part in Judo classes? 

Have you seen people being thrown around the room and think "that looks painful."

... and yet the person who has just been thrown jumps straight back up and tries to do the same thing to the other p...

June 6, 2018

As a Judo coach I believe it is my responsibilty of teaching the Juniors I work with (in this case Camberley Juniors) the best Judo I can. I am fortunate to still be quite young and able to perform techniques to the class.

One difficulty I find now when I coach (rather...

June 4, 2018

As a Judo coach I teach a wide spectrum of abilities. Classes can range from teaching basic Ukemi’s (breakfalls) all the way through to competition tactics, drilling and high intensity randori.

A couple of months ago I was assisting on a session at a Cadet GB training w...

June 4, 2018

As a coach the warm up is essential to get right, it's easily overlooked but I find it sets the tone for the session. I try to vary my warm ups quite a lot (you can view my 1 minute warm up on YouTube) although this can be quite challenging at times to be creative and...

June 4, 2018

Moving from Fundamental Movement Skills into Sport Specific Skills

Judo is a dynamic sport and Judoka are expected to perform dynamic throws and transition quickly into submissions and hold downs.

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) should be viewed as building blocks for...

June 4, 2018

What are the basics of Judo? Ask 100 coaches and you will most probably get 100 different answers, sure the techniques will be broadly similar (Kesa gatame, O soto O toshi)due to our grading system (British Judo Association) but the application and principles are often...

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