Saturday, April 24, 2010

Swedish Gold in front of Putin

This picture shows Sweden's first ever European Champion, Marcus Nyman, recieving his gold medal from former President of the Swedish Judo Federation, Johnny Kullenberg.

Marcus is coached by a graduate of the EJU Level 4 Performance Coach Award, Robert Erikkson. A project fully supported by Johnny in his role as President, and by EJU Vice President Daniel Lascau whilst he was Sports Director in Sweden.

Sincere congratulations to Marcus, Johnny, Robert and Daniel on this historical achievement.
They were applauded here in the stadium by the most famous judoka in the world, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. A man who is making a tremendous contribution to the development and recognition of world judo.

Who wil be the next graduate from an EJU Coach Award to win a European Championship with their player, the challenge is set.

To improve your coaching, and make a difference to your players visit to find out how.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Research Clouds

Hopefully heading off tommorrow to sunny Vienna, to judge the Second European Science of Judo Symposium Poster Competition. The Symposium will be held in the Ferry Dusika Stadium, the venue for the European Senior Championships. If you are in Vienna on Wednesday 21 April
2010, come along to have a look at some of Europes latest research into judo.

The EJU will use the occasion of the Championships to launch the Level 3 Award delivered in partnership with the Judospace Educational Institute, the Level 4 and Level 5 Awards in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and the Level 6 Award in partnership with the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.

The poster marketing the Level 3 Award is seen here. Fantastic image is courtesy of Dr Bob Willingham.

Of course I am concerned that my journey will be halted by the icelandic ash cloud, but I am remaining optimistic that those in charge of the cloud will understand the importance of my trip.
Whether I make it or not, my very good wishes to all the players and their coaches attending the championships.

Congratulations to all those club coaches where the players started their judo careers. How many of you have future international competitors in your dojos right now, but don't yet know it. Coach Education is the key to helping you make the right decisions for those players. Decisions about what you teach when. Which drills to do that session. How much randori, how much technique. Which events should they enter, what advice should you give?

The EJU are taking great strides in coach education in working with their three partners to create these awards. Take great strides in your own coaching and enrol today.