Sunday, 28th March 2010

MSMAS Judo host 2nd day of BJA 'Instructor Award' Seminar at MSMAS Honbu Dojo....

MSMAS was selected to host this two day BJA 'Instructor Award' Seminar, an official qualification of the British Judo Association, the United Kingdom National Governing Body for Judo.


This 2 day BJA 'Instructors Award' Course is led by Chris Doherty, the South East Regional Technical Officer for the BJA.

Doherty Sensei is a BJA 5th Dan, a World Masters Bronze Medallist and Head Coach at Oxford Judo.

For general information on the BJA Instructor Award go to the Technical Page on the BJA website

The British Judo Association (BJA) Coach Education Programme was introduced in 1960. In 1967 and in 1983 it underwent major overhauls and several new sections were included. There were three broad levels of performance defined within the Programme with awards at each level.

Recently, with the introduction of the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC), the Programme has been radically overhauled and updated to meet the coaching demands of modern judo. The UKCC, which will replace the existing award structure, phased in during 2008 and the early part of 2009.

The BJA recognises that many high grade judoka have the maturity and technical background which would allow them to supervise judo training sessions and provide some basic instruction. The BJA Instructor Award has been introduced to provide an opportunity for such judoka to allow them to gain some coaching experience prior to them taking the first step onto the UKCC coach education pathway.

A high-grade qualification is required for the Instructor Award to ensure that all prospective Instructors have been actively participating in the sport for several years, have the technical knowledge and the ability to demonstrate techniques to a minimum standard.

The Instructor Award is not a coaching qualification per se and holders of the Award will only be qualified as “mat supervisors” able to organise and supervise judo training sessions. Holders of the Instructor Award are not qualified to run clubs, to coach at competitions or conduct gradings. Holders of the Instructor Award are actively encouraged to enter the formal UKCC pathway as soon as possible after attaining the Award.

It may be necessary for prospective Instructors to undertake further study. For example, the contest rules and basic first aid are areas that are covered only briefly during the course and further study is usually necessary to ensure a good working knowledge of these important aspects.

The BJA Judo Instructor Award is an official qualification of the British Judo Association  the United Kingdom National Governing Body for Judo.

Well done to :

• Chris Sharp                  2nd Dan
• Alex Tame                    1st Dan
• Shelley Jackson            1st Kyu
• Peter Hyde                   1st Kyu
• Kevin Uridge                1st Kyu
• Adrian Jackson             1st Kyu
• Jeannette Kwasniewski 1st Kyu



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