Succes for AASE students at junior Europea Cup Lithuania 2015

Congratulations to Jodie Caller -57kg (silver) and Connor Potts -55kg (bronze)

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Micro stretching

I often see judo players receiving Physio or having a massage from therapists.  Treating injuries is very important to assist athletes to recover and for regeneration of damaged muscles etc. what I don’t get is why therapists apply so much pressure to damaged areas that the athlete is in even more pain. Maybe micro stretching is the answer?

BJA Level 1 coaching award

BJA Level 1 coaching award

Theory now complete red, just have to finish safeguarding course and first aid and we will have a new batch of coaches. Thanks to Keith Merrick for all his help and support for arranging this excellent opportunity.

EJU level 4 and 5 coaching qualifications

I just wanted to post about my experience of completing the level 4 qualification a few years ago. It’s around this time of year that Dr Mike Callan and Mr Bob Challis start looking for new students for their suite of qualifications. There have been a few blog entries on the judospace website recently and just thought I would add a few personal thoughts from my own experience as a student. I was apprehensive initially as I doubted my own judo ability and questioned wether I would be capable of completing the course. As well as the coaching qualification there was a foundation degree to complete. I had not participated in any form of higher education since leaving school so was a little nervous. I found the lectures very informative and received lots of help and advice from my tutors and Colleagues. The judo specific content was second to none. I think from memory I worked with over 10 world champions, including Kosei Inoue and worked behind the scenes with the EJU at the senior european championships in Istanbul turkey. My knowledge of technical and tactical judo increased beyond belief and left me feeling that I truly had only just began to learn about judo after 30+ years in the sport. Ok my grades in the course work were not the highest but I did complete my degree, which is something I am very proud of. The biggest thing for me though were the friends I made from all over the world who I still keep in touch with today. So if you are in 2 minds, I would definitely say “go for it” you will be happy you did. (And no, I am not getting paid for this LOL).


Fallon Master Class Tomoe-Nage – Places still available




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Fallon Masterclass Tomoe-Nage – POSTER

Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested in attending – 02nd september 2012

Craig Fallon – Masterclass – Tomoe-Nage

A masterclass on Tomoe-Nage with Craig Fallon – 02nd September 2012 – University of Wolverhampton (walsall judo centre)

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From the 16th July 2012 the Australian Olympic Judo team were hosted at the University of Wolverhampton for a Pre Games Training Camp before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Arnie Dickens (-60), Ivo Dos Santos (-66), Mark Anthony (-90) Daniel Kelly (-100) Jake Andrewartha (+100) Carli Renzi (-57), Stewart Brain (Head Coach) Tom Hill (coach) and Dennis Iverson (coach) made up the team of coaches and players.

Daily training sessions were held at the Walsall campus dojo with lots of Uchi-Komi and Nage-Komi the main content of the training sessions. Myself and Fitzroy Davies the coaches at Walsall ensured that the team worked hard in their final preparations before the games.

Each evening we took the team to various clubs around the country for hard randori.

Monday evening – Ryecroft Judo Club – NOTTINGHAM



Tuesday – Hardy Spicer Judo Club – BIRMINGHAM

Wednesday – England ExCell open randori – WALSALL


Thursday – Bath University – BATH

Friday – Erdington Judo Club – ERDINGTON


On the final weekend some rest and relaxation were in order with a visit to the Black Country Museum, a tour of Wolverhampton Wanderers and a visit to the Perry Barr Greyhound stadium.




We depart for the Olympic Village today and I would like to send my very best wishes to the Australian team and hope they can do themselves proud. They were a pleasure to host and went out of their way to engage with the local community, signing pictures, doing school assemblies and judo demonstrations for children and promoting the sport in such a positive fashion. I would also like to thank all the clubs that hosted the team for open randori who did their best to ensure there were plenty of partners for randori.

GOOD LUCK TEAM AUSTRALIA – But not too much luck against TEAM GB !!!!!!

University to host international Judo team for Olympics

The University of Wolverhampton is delighted to have been selected as a training camp for the Australian Judo team for this summer’s Olympics.


The Walsall Campus is a British Judo Association High Performance Centre and has been announced as a Pre-Games Training Camp (PGTC) for members of the Australian team.

The team expects to have six players qualify for the Games and they will be accompanied by two or three coaching staff.

They will arrive in mid-July and stay in the student village, which is next to the Sports Centre where the team will complete their final preparations for the competition.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We are delighted to be hosting members of the Australian Judo team at our Walsall Campus.

“Our elite sports facilities will provide an excellent training base for the team’s final Olympic preparations and we’re really looking forward to being part of this historic event.”

Director of Sport, Mike Chamberlain, a former British Judo Champion and international competitor, said: “The University’s Walsall Campus offers the perfect environment for the Australian team, with the best judo training facilities in the country complimented by modern campus facilities to give them a truly excellent experience.

“The University Judo Club and its national level coaching staff very much look forward to working with the Australians and helping them maximise their medal chances during the games.”

The Walsall Sports Centre is one of only a few High Performance Centres in the UK, as recognised by the British Judo Association, and it develops judo talent for players of beginner, intermediate, regional, national and international standard.

The Gorway Road venue has significant experience of hosting judo events since it opened in 2004. These events have included competitions to national level, training camps to international level, and other sporting festivals.

London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Chair Seb Coe has announced that over 200 Pre-Games Training Camp agreements have been signed throughout the UK in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The camps are arranged through formal agreements between facilities in the UK and National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (NOC/ NPC) and international teams. They provide athletes with a base from which to prepare, train and acclimatise ahead of the Games.

The PGTC agreements represent an opportunity for cultural exchange, education and engagement alongside provisions for international sporting teams.

Quantifying effectiveness of training for judo

I was reading an interesting thread on the above topic on the Judo forum and came across the post below from a forum member which I thought was an excellent read and very informative and gave quite an accurate reflection of how complex Judo actually is.

Please read –

Your mixing a lot of different things in your post, which makes it difficult to give a focused response. The title of your post if about judo, but the contents talks also about MMA and grappling, etc. Thus, in order to remain efficient, I am going to answer your question just on the judo part.

The physiological requirements of judo are complex. Judo requires both aerobic and anaerobic endurance. Maximal strength is useful, but strength endurance is more important, and explosive power is probably the single most important quality for judo.

But, what judo makes judo, is its technical know-how and strategic insight. The technical skills rely on motor learning and skills acquisition, the strategic skills on a variety of things, including genetics, intelligence, experience.

Also build is important, with anthropometrically the mesomorph build being preferred.

Your question basically asks how each of these translated to contest. They don’t. They are all simply supporting components. A good engine and good tires do not give you a Ferrari, but a winning Ferrari will need a good engine and good tires.

You can only train those different skills in exercises to maximize each of them. But even that does not make you a superb judoka. To optimize training effect, training also has to be specific, thus unless that jûdôka with all those skills also practices them in jûdô he still won’t make a good jûdôka. While fitness sites may suggest whatever, really jûdôka overall do not train optimally. There is very little influx of science in jûdô. When I see Olympic jûdô teams train there is almost zero science in there, much less than in many other Olympic sports. Mostly jûdôkan and coaches have the tendency to believe that if something does not work you just have to train harder, more and with heavier weight. That is 1960s logic. Even simply applications like high-altitude training are still way too little used in jûdô and when they are used it is often not very efficient. I have seen federation magazines or documentaries apparently meant to impress the jûdô audience or sporters showing that they went on high-altitude training, when it was obvious there was no one involve who really knew high-altitude training. The schedules were wrong, the training made no sense, and it was schedules in such a way that the jûdôka would have returned with impaired physiological functioning. Training science is complex. It requires thorough insight into physiology, cardiorespiratory but also muscle physiology, motor learning, biomechanics, and specifically training and coaching science. You do not get that simply by having been successful oneself or by having 20 years experience as a coach, or by obtaining a coaching certificate after siting an afternoon listening to someone.

You give the example of a sprinter and measuring sprint as valid test to assess the outcomes. You can’t in jûdô, and this for a variety of reasons. Sprinting is far simpler in terms of physiological requirements. But you are also in control of what it is you do, and the number of variables is limited by weather, humidity, gear, quality of the track, number of the lane, and some biomechanical components such as centripetal force and velocity, stride length, frequency, etc.

Jûdô is infinitely more complex. This is part because it is a contact sport and so you are not in control. The same applies to any contact sport. The number of possibilities in a jûdô match is infinite. Someone has analyzed those possibilities once in a match and I think they amounted to something like 48,000. No one can memorize those and prepare. Thus strategic insight becomes very important. For that strategic insight, one can practice with different partners, situations, but still. The most effective is going to be the person who is the best jûdôka.

There is something else particular about jûdô, and that is its long learning time to acquire those skills. This is very different from sprinting. Generally the technique of sprinting it optimized somewhere in someone’s career. Sprinting performance will then deteriorate later because of age, loss of muscle mass and anaerobic capacity. But in jûdô that is different. A jûdôka often may be technically much better by age 40 or 50 and have much better strategic insight than at performance age. Unfortunately at that age, his performance capacity in terms of physiology will have deteriorated because of age and injuries.

To put it simple, the problem you raise is not solvable in jûdô. You can at the most create jûdô tests and they have been made, but they are hardly more relevant. After all, excelling in uchi-komi fitness does not at all guarantee defeating individual X who may excel less in uchi-komi tests. You cannot exactly replicate or anticipate a match.

Moreover, in jûdô there are other things beyond mere physical qualities and techniques, such as grips. Thus, in competition grips and “set-ups” are used to compensate partly for lack of strategic insight and enforce a situation or break an opponent’s symmetry around the center of mass. This is not ideal jûdô. Ideal jûdô would obviously be to not enforce anything and purely use the opponent’s strength against him. This, however, requires an infinitely higher level of skill that is rarely achieved at that age.

The jûdô athlete does not really quantify his effectiveness of training in jûdô via jûdô but in terms of wins and medals. For example, Riner’s effectiveness of training is measured in him winning and defeating others, not in terms of level of perfection of jûdô, number of throws he masters with exceptional skill or whatever. The jûdôka’s effectiveness also determined by the rule system. A jûdôka like Kashiwasaki might be less effective today because the rules have changed the ‘game’ disadvantaging his skills.