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Police and Military Judo

Back in the early 1980s I decided that I wanted to learn a martial art. It wasn’t for fitness reasons, I was already fit playing badminton, it wasn’t for something to do, I already had a healthy social life. It wasn’t either a simply desire to learn something new. I wanted to be able to […]

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Eternal Truth of Judo

I was fortunate enough, many years ago to stand in front of the aikido legend John Waite, who graded me in Tomiki Aikido in a drafty hall somewhere near Clapham Common.  I’d heard of John Waite. I knew that he used to be a judo practitioner. His home dojo had been the much-vaunted South London […]

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Traditional Judo: What it is Not

My Last Judo blog, while being generally well received did take some criticism from certain quarters, who seemed to be wilfully misinterpreting my point. One individual who went online to attack something I did not say even admitted that he had not read the entire blog – such is the sectarian attitude of some Judoka. […]

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The Growth of Judo

Ever since the days of the old JudoForum, there has been public debates about what Judo authorities and organisations can do to make Judo more poplar as a spectator sport. The anguish has been plain, the debate long and the ideas varied. As public debate moved into the facebook era, the number of threads that […]

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Mutual Learning in Judo

Judo is all about mutual learning. There is a misunderstanding that it is an individual activity, but it most certainly is not. One of the many benefits of joining a judo club is the ability it gives for interaction with other human beings. It is an understandable mistake to think that it is all about […]

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The Banned Techniques of Judo

WHEN Judo For All was first established, I was tasked with opening up negotiations for us to affiliate to the World Judo Federation. During that process JFA held a course at the Sobell that was attended by Alfredo Vismara from Italy. Vismara Sensei and JFA Head Coach, Sampson Sampson, Sensei had a meeting there that […]

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Discipline in Martial Arts

Whichever way you look at it, discipline is a key part of Judo: it is a key part of any martial art and indeed, in reality it is an essential element of life. I’m not talking about obeying orders, military style, rather it is about having a degree of control and responsibility over your own […]

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Keeping the Traditional Judo Philosophy

WHEN I left the British Judo Council, as a 3rd Dan, I was concerned that I was cutting myself off from a wealth of Judo knowledge. I left because, in my eyes, the organisation had lost its way in terms of being an independent organisation based on traditional Kodokan Judo. Instead it was moving toward […]

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Judo as a Pedagogy: Part 2

In my last blog I briefly mentioned a person who wanted to criticise grades that had been given to young people that he felt were not worthy of the belts they wore. Such criticisms are rife in martial arts, but they show a lack of understanding of exactly what grades and the grading structure is […]

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