Monday, October 4, 2010

An Honest Answer to How to Improve U.S. Judo

My answer to the question, "How can we improve the international competitiveness of U.S. judo?" is given in my latest attempt at a podcast.

"What is wrong with judo in the U.S. and what needs to be done about it?"

This is part one of however many I find time to do. In short, I think we need to start with an honest assessment, from top to bottom, of what our weaknesses are, and then we need to address those through major changes in our training and coaching. But hey, I took the time to record this, so you may as well listen to it.

In fact, I recorded it twice, because it was hard to hear the first time and I did it louder the second time. The amusing fact is, I am a small person with a soft voice. People just claim I am yelling at them because they don't want to hear what I have to say.


Anonymous said...

"aren't you sorry you asked?"
No. It was very interesting to hear your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am from Poland, I am not "profi" it is just my 10 years old kid working to be able to fall down safely (he is not going to be Master of the Universe) but although it is quite far away, but believe me - things are the same here.

Thanks for your blog, I read it and find it very interesting.

Anonymous said...

Как говорилось на непонятную вещь. Я по гороскопу лев и мне по-действительному хорошо только с представителями огненных знаков, я с ними ощущаю себя активной и живой, нам буквально каждый день есть о чем поговорить. Это не столько друзья, но и мужчины, другими словами нам есть чем заняться, помимо секса Темы для диалога не истощаются, даже в случае в случае если только-только познакомились. Какое-то непонятное взаимопонимание, с полу-слова, можно заявить. Знаете, как это бывает - собеседник начинает фразу, а ты заканчиваешь, и просто офигеваешь от такого количества совпадений. А вот с представителями Воды постоянная тупка, вроде диалог идет, но какой-то безвкусный, и ощущаешь себя трупом каким-то. Вроде неплохой человек, а общаться не хочется. Раньше я не думала о гороскопах, а здесь мне друг-овен сказал, что у нас такое взаимопонимание, так как мы из одной "стихии". Задумалась, и правда, все "огненные" друзья у меня на первом плане, потом "воздушные" - так, время провести, а "водные" абсолютно уж на крайняк, когда встретиться не с кем. Вот отчего так происходит?

Kayla Harrison said...

American Judo (USJA) is going to be sorry they ever lost you.

Anonymous said...

American Judo (USJA) is going to be sorry they ever lost you.

Kayla Harrison

Dr. AnnMaria said...

Aaaw, Kayla,

What a sweet thing to say. Thank you.

Congrats on winning the worlds, too. I told Jim to tell you but I bet he didn't because that would have taken figuring out how to read text messages on his new iPhone, ha ha.

JustinT said...

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,
you will succumb in every battle"
-Sun Tzu

In short the way to improve is to understand what works and what doesn't. To understand and study what our competition does in training and competition. Adapting is the key. AnnMarie you understand this as to were U.S. Judo seems to not want to listen.