Western Regional Update

A) LTDM: Long Term Developmental Model
3 myths about raising active and successful kids

The winning formul: The formula is simple: Play with your children, and play fun games that will help them to develop fundamental movement skills. With new skills, your children’s confidence will improve. With skills and confidence, their level of enjoyment will grow. In the end, having more fun in activity will mean your kids might become active for life!

B) Judo Canada www.judocanada.org
2013 National Championships Technical Package:

C) Technical Corner
Judo Seminar: Tai Otoshi Body Drop by Neil Adams

D) Judo Canada up Coming Events     
2013 Pacific International, Vancouver, BC                                 February 16/17, 2013
2013 Edmonton International, Edmonton, AB                            April 06/07, 2013
2013 Ontario Open, Toronto, ON                                                  May 18-19, 2013
2013 National Judo Championships, Vancouver, BC              July 04-07, 2013

E) Video Clips
Russian Junior Team
A)   Circuit Training

B)   Judo Training

It is important to look at the intensity that the junior Russian team puts in to their uchi-komi, throwing, randori, drilling and weight circuit training. It is important for Canadian athletes to put in the same effort and intensity in their training.

Koga Speciail (50 min – in Japanese) The documentary is about game changing momnets in sport. How his one handed throws changed judo and how he won the Olympics http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Vf9g42sb5G0#t=1614s

F) Sport Science      

Sports Bars, Gels & Drinks: Consuming sports bars, gels and/or drinks during endurance activity can help you meet your energy and fluid goals by:

·         maintaining energy levels and delaying fatigue;
·         preventing dehydration;
·         sustaining blood glucose levels.
CAUTION: Not all sport foods are created equal. Whichever type or combination you prefer to use, follow the guidelines below to ensure you are getting the right mix of appropriate nutrients.
When should I consume them?
·         Multi-day events or events that take 60 minutes or longer to complete will benefit from consuming 30 to 60 g of carbohydrates per hour.
·         Ingest these products starting 15-20 min after the beginning of the activity and then at 15-20 minute intervals during the activity.
Full article in the link below

G) Western Canada Calendar of Major Events 2012/13
2013 Edmonton International, Edmonton, AB                        April 05/07, 2013

 H) International Judo Federation
Japan's Female Judo Athletes Beaten with Bamboo Swords by Coach
Japan’s Olympic bid threatened by Scandal
In direct connection with the complaint lodged by a group of athletes to the national Japanese women on the actions from their coach Ryuji Sonoda, is IFJ strongly to emphasize his total disapproval of such behavior. 'They have nothing to do with the spirit and philosophy of judo taught by the founding master of the sport, Jigoro Kano, said the President of the International Judo Federation, Mr. Marius Vizer. IFJ particular emphasis on the development and promotion of the moral code of judo. Judo is a physical and mental education whose primary concern is to maintain the health and integrity (physical and mental) of its practitioners. Any action contrary to these principles is banned. The IFJ will therefore take all necessary measures
National Team Update:
A new start for Team Canada

Montreal, February 7, 2013 (Sportcom) – The first big event of the season in Judo Grand Slam Paris begins Saturday in France. This is a very different Canadian team that was at the London Games, which heads the to the tatami. A team in transition that has eyes turned to Rio de Janeiro where will be the next Summer Olympics in 2016.

Eight judokas present in London last summer, only Amy Cotton (78 kg), Antoine Valois-Fortier (81 kg) and Kelita Zupancic (70 kg) will be in action this weekend.

The Grand Slam Paris will be an opportunity to discover new faces in the national team. Young people like Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (63 kg), Etiene Briand (73 kg), Patrick Gagné (66 kg),Ecaterina Guica (52 kg), Alexis Morin-Martel (73 kg) and Kyle Reyes (100 kg) who will represent Judo Canada this weekend. Other recruits will join the group later in February to compete in the Open Budapest in Hungary, the Oberwart in Austria and the Grand Prix Dusseldorf, Germany.

"This is what was expected. After London, there would be a change of guard in several categories. We still had a good group of athletes who were in their second Olympic cycle, which is extremely demanding. These are exceptions that succeed and to continue to maintain for three cycles, says the coach of the national team, Nicolas Gill . We have young people who are coming and are ready to take over. In most categories, they will be two or three to fight for the leading position. '

Among the regulars on the international circuit, Marylise Lévesque (78 kg), Michal Popiel (66 kg) andFrazer Will (60 kg) have retired in recent months. Nicholas Tritton (73 kg) did the same after participating in her second Games in London. Some veterans who have also experienced the Olympic  remained within the team. This is the case of Amy Cotton, Joliane Melançon (57 kg) and Catherine Roberge (78 kg). Catherine had a successful performance last week at the Open Arlon in Belgium, she will be part of the Canadian delegation to Paris. The men's side, Sasha Mehmedovic (66 kg) has chosen to continue his athletic career even if it is not funded by the Canadian federation. Alex Émond (90 kg), had surgery  on his right shoulder last fall, he should return to competition in time to defend his Pan American champion at the end of April.

"In their case, the commitment is on an annual basis for an Olympic cycle of four years, says Gill. They are made at ages when the years are catching up rapidly, and can decrease performance quite drastically. They must also think of organizing their lives. It will be seen how the results and decisions will be made accordingly. '

Games to Rio

Olympians Sergio Pessoa (60 kg), Kelita Zupancic and Antoine Valois-Fortier is now the new pillars of the team. After surgery on his left knee,Sergio could be back for the Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Around these three young judokas Judo Canada sees world class performances in the coming years.

"For Rio Games, there a dozen young people 19-20 years old who are attempting to qualify. For them, the priority is to grow to a high level at the beginning of the Olympic qualification process, says Gill. Currently, there are

those who are ahead of others, but that could change rapidly in the next two years.'

"Antoine is a good example, says the coach. Four years ago, he was a young athlete that we identified. We thought he had a good shot in making the team in London, but it was not our best. He made his first World Championships in 2011. His progress was gradual, a little faster at a given times. His case is how things can change quickly and unlock when investing in athletes who are younger and have room for improvement. '

Most of the new team will participate in their first World Championships at the senior level next August in Rio de Janeiro. "It will allow them to discover the magnitude of the task. Obviously, expectations are more modest in their place, "says Gill.

Adapt to new rules

This season, the Canadian judokas will also have the challenge of adapting to the many changes in regulations made by the International Judo Federation in the aftermath of the London Games. In addition to the logistical and structural changes (especially regarding weighing system and rescheduling of some tournaments), some techniques will not be accepted during the fighting.

"Basically, the taking about adapting judo, there are things that are no longer permitted. As in many sports, athletes develop all kinds of methods and strategies to counter their opponents and keep fighting tight. The purpose of this new rule is to stimulate the offensive. Also, taken out are attacks at the legs, which were already limited, will now be completely banned, "said Nicolas Gill.

"The athletes will have to adjust. Those who have a good technical base and have a good adaptability will be the easier course. These are the athletes a little more one-dimensional to be severely affected by these changes there. '

The importance of the various competitions were also reviewed by the international federation. World Cups have become Opens and Continental will have far fewer points to provide judokas. "The Grand Slams and Grand Prix will be much larger than before. The purpose of the federation is to bring together the best athletes in a series of tournaments. From their point of view, it is better for the show, "says Gill.

This change will have a direct impact on the Olympic qualification process. "It will widen the gap between the best and the next group. For the first ten, the selection should be relatively easy and others more difficult, says coach Québec. For an organization like Judo Canada, it may complicate the task compared to the last cycle. Especially if we keep the philosophy of trying to
describe a good group of athletes. We have 18 months to analyze and reflect on it before the next selection process. '

IJF videos on the new rules. 

Note: You will have a lot of questions when looking at these videos but these videos can help give you a head start in preparing your athletes. Judo Canada will be providing additional educational material and providing more details in the near future. Judo Canada will be hosting an education session at on February 17, 2012 at the training camp following Pacific International.

Please remember that Judo Canada will not start to use the new rules until March 1, 2013.


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