Sunday, 17th May 2009

MSMAS Judo attends revalidation event to keep up to date with new BJA Syllabus...

A Course looking at the new BJA Junior Mon & Senior Kyu Technical Gradings, a Workshop for Coach Revalidation.


Led by Dave Horton-Jones, BJA National Director of Examiners, this was a Course for Coach Revalidation.

Kyoshi Payne was accompanied by 'AJ' to ensure that MSMAS keeps abreast of the latest Syllabus requirements for grading purposes.

The focus on the morning session was to look at the 0-9th Mon syllabus, as in the BJA Southern Area in particular, this has had the greatest recruitment (Double the national BJA average at 66%) but is also where the biggest losses are felt at Club/Dojo level, where 1:10 of those who register with the BJA are retained.

The main emphasis of looking at the 0 – 9th Mon was to develop at an early stage of the 'Long Term Athlete Development' of junior judoka, create a more relaxed, controlled & enjoyable environment at the 'FUN' demental stage of the judoka development, and where the youngest and new inexperienced judoka would be introduced to judo. 

Relaxed movement & cooperation between Uke & Tori to enable the various techniques in the syllabus (both Tachi-waza & Nage waza) to be learnt in a simple, friendly & safe way as both judoka learn the (Kihon waza) basic principles of Zanshin (special awareness); Kuzushi (balance breaking), where and when the technique is applied, in a very controlled way.  Games & drills were looked at to help with this process, but left to the coaches to teach how the techniques would be delivered at club/dojo.  At this early stage, the level of randori introduced would be light, using the principles of blocking, avoidance action and reaction of techniques.

The afternoon session looked at the 9th – 18th Mon section of the syllabus. During this part of the session the level of randori was increased, but still not to 'championship' standard, thus maintaining accurate application of the forms, with the same control expected, (on a pro-rata basis in accordance to the level of the judoka worked with) as the judoka become older and more experienced.

The focus was mainly on the more demanding and advanced techniques, including and introducing the newer techniques to the syllabus.  Both tachi-waza & nage-waza formed the introduction to this level, plus shime-waza, (strangles) & Kansetsu-waza (locks) using high performance skills in the application of this sections of the syllabus.  Again, it was left to the to coaches to teach how the techniques would be delivered at club/dojo and what could be expected by the BJA examiners at assessment.

At the end of the course, the attendees there were given a 'question & answer' session.





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