Circuits, Technique, Crash Mat Work



Todays session started with 45 minutes of circuit training with the aim of building speed power co-ordination and flexibility. A full hour of technique followed with Fitzroy Davis coach to former world and european champion Craig Fallon. The technique of the day was Tai O Toshi and how the technique differs in a competition scenario as apposed to how it would be demonstrated as part of a syllabus. Concentrating on foot placement and ensuring weight was not distributed unevenly on one leg alone. Hand rotation and throw completion were also looked at together with a little drill in to Juji Gatame armlock and which arm to put inbetween our partners. It was agreed that the arm nearest the partners head would go in to aid with transition to hold downs etc if the partners grip could not be broken to obtain the armlock. To finish the team spent a further 60 minutes doing throwing techniques on the crash mats. We usually do randori during this hour but today I decided that we would get more benefit from the throwing on the crash mats. A couple of the lads had also picked up slight injuries so it was best not to aggrevate them further especially at such an early point in to the course. Tomorrow we have another 3 hour technical session, discussion time and an opportunity to up date their NVQ portfolios.

5 responses to “Circuits, Technique, Crash Mat Work

  • Will

    NVQ portfolios?
    Good detailed blog you have started.
    I will look forward to reading it.


  • aasejudo

    Thanks Will, NVQ is the term for a qualification that can be gained in the UK – It stands for National Vocational Qualification, the portfolio will be the records or evidence collection for the student. NVQ qualifications are based on your competence against a set of agreed standards so there is no pass or fail, you keep going until you become competent at what you are trying to achieve. For an example one standard or element may be “describe the main parts/functions of Ippon seoi Nage and demonstrate the throw right and left handed” the student will then learn about Kuzushi Tskuri Kake and different types methods of Ippon seoi Nage and how to use it in a competitive environment. Evidence of achievement or competence may be a dvd of the student using Ippon seoi Nage in a competition.

  • Will

    Are the NVQ standards established by the BJA or other association? If BJA or other are their coaching manuals available to (non- BJA)other coaches? Some coaches here in USA were saying that BJA coaching manuals are not available to non BJA coaches.

  • aasejudo

    will, the standards are set by an external body called edexcel and are generic for most sports. As a coach you would then deliver the programme and apply it to your own specific sport. Follow this link and down load the pdf file at the bottom of the page and you will see what the standards are:
    Hope this helps. If you need any more info dont hesitate to contact me, my work email address is

  • judoty

    I enjoyed this session learned a lot, but could not really do the roll because of my injury to my knee and heel.

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