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British Judo Association : British Judo release Coach Education dates for 2016
British Judo is pleased to announce that the dates for coaching courses in 2016 are now available.

Source: British Judo Association : British Judo release Coach Education dates for 2016 | 1 Jul 2015 | 11:35 pm

AnnMaria De Mars Blog : How to raise your children to be good people
The title of this blog is deceptive because it implies an answer.

 Anyone who claims to know how to raise children to be good men and women is lying. Most parents do the best they can. Then, there are a few people who are living proof that a parenting license test should be implemented. Hell, the damage you can do in a car accident is minor compared to how bad parenting can wreak havoc.

The marvelously talented Hans Gutknecht took this picture today of Ronda, Justin Flores, who is coaching her  in judo leading up to her world title defense, and Josh Ramirez who was training with her.

Ronda, Justin Flores , Josh Ramirez and Me

It occurred to me that I remember when everyone in it was born (except me) and I was very happy today seeing what fine people they had grown up to be.

My four wonderful children are doing wonderfully well at the moment so people ask me for advice. To quote Shayna Baszler,

I will not share with you the answers that I have not got.

I asked Jake (Justin's dad) what he thought, and he said,

I tried my best. 

Which sounds a lot like Shayna's answer.

 Today, I was driving by a huge billboard advertising Special Olympics and I thought to myself,

I'm so achievement-oriented, I don't think I would be a good parent for a child with a disability.

It was several miles down the road before it occurred to me that I had one child who had epilepsy and another who had developmental delays and required years of speech therapy. Never for one second did I consider either of them to have a disability. I just wasn't having it.  This makes it sound like I thought things through, but not really.

 It just never occurred to me that my children were anything short of amazing in every way. That is one thing that I know Justin's parents, Josh's parents and I did have in common.

If you think all parents think that way, I can assure you that they do not.

Source: AnnMaria De Mars Blog : How to raise your children to be good people | 1 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm

Judo and Life : Martial Arts, Life and Balance
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Balance: Myth or Reality

I often hear People, especially Martial Artists talk about balance.

"You have to have Balance in your life"
"You have to eat a Balanced diet"
"You must keep your relationships in Balance"

It's a bit of a strange thing to say if you think about it because I don't think that I have ever had a definition of what is mean. The more I think about it, I'm quite sure that I don't know what it means.

You even get Christians talking about it.

I had one Christian brother give me a whole list of Bible verses that used the word "balance", to prove to me that it was a biblical concept:
  • Proverbs 11
  • Leviticus 25:27
  • Psalm 62:9
  • Proverbs 16:11
  • Isaiah 40:12
When I questioned whether he was sure that these verses were what he meant because they were about scales being in balance, he was emphatic that, scales is not what they are on about. I was not about to argue with him as the guy had a PhD. but to this day I can not see how they do anything to explained what is meant by a Balanced life.

I had another Christian who tried to explain his understanding this way:
Eccl.7:16-19 “ Be not Righteous over much....” Holding righteousness & wisdom in tension with wickedness & foolishness.

“as far as it is within you. Live at peace with all men.” Rom.12:18

God is not a God of disorder. 1.Cor. 14:29-33 & 40

Eph. 4:17-6:9
Rather than balance between light and darkness we are required to live in the light.

We are required however to keep some things in balance such as:
  • Our relationships Eph. 4:32, 5:21, 1.Cor.1:10.
  • Husbands and Wives Eph.5:22-33
  • Children & parents Eph.6:1-4
  • Masters and servants Eph.6:5-9
  • Our emotions ? Eph.4:26
  • Restraint Eph.4:29
  • Temperance Eph.5:18
  • Discipline Eph.4:25,1.Cor.7:5
  • Hard work Eph.4:28

Balance - Sometimes I think there is no such thing. In my life, there are phases and passages where one gives more, spends more, expects more mentally, physically, or spiritually. If I am sold out to whatever I am doing, balance is elusive at best.

Personally, I believe in priorities which rule out balance again: God, family, fellow believers and the lost in that order.

Balance for me is a mirage.

He didn't really convince me that there was anything that should be kept in balance. But he did convince me that there are a lot of things that need to be kept in tension and that we defiantly need to prioritizes everything. After all, he did say that "Balance for me is a mirage."

Balance and Judo

We talk a lot about balance in Judo.

You can't do Judo without balance and martial artist, particularly Judoka do like to compare that with life. But I've been thinking about that too.

Judoka don't really try to keep their balance. Our objective in a contest, is to unbalance our opponent and to that end if we lose our own balance we don't care; as long as they hit the mat first.

With that in mind maybe we should not talk about having our life in balance. Maybe we should just accept that our objective in life, like that of a Judo contest should be to treat life as a balancing act and that falling is not always a lose.

Just a thought


Source: Judo and Life : Martial Arts, Life and Balance | 1 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm

British Judo Association : Ulaanbaatar next stop on the Grand Prix circuit

Source: British Judo Association : Ulaanbaatar next stop on the Grand Prix circuit | 1 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm


The next edition of the Cadet European Championships will be hosted by a city based on the west of Bulgaria, just below Vitosha Mountain, called Sofia. The Arena Armeec Hall is ready to welcome almost 500 competitors amongst 41 countries who are expected to give their best to mark themselves into the history book.

Last year, the leading territory of the medal table was claimed by the Russian team. The ace of the -50kg category, Rustam ZABOLOTNYI was one of the four who brought golden celebration to the team. Zabolotnyi will return in the same weight class to defend his title. Across the remaining male categories we will witness newcomers taking over the stage.

The one and only returner in the female categories, Michelle FIORINI of Italy who will be also aiming to claim another title in addition to her superb performance in the previous year, which by, she won the -44kg category. Second place of the medal table was taken by Germany who returns with a strong crew of 17 judoka this time. France was following up on the third spot and also aiming to take it all this weekend with 20 competitors on board. The hosting nation earned respectively a silver and a seventh place. By almost doubling up their entires this year, there is higher chance stands for them to finish on top.

Besides the high input of the Organizing Committee, it is important to remember the volunteers, supporters and judo fans who will complete the outcome of the championships. The President of the Bulgarian Judo Federation, Ivan Vasilev Mihalev expressed a great scale of positivity towards the preparation of the tournament: “On behalf of our Federation, I believe that will be one strong, dynamic and interesting competition, where we will see the featuring medallist of Olympic Games 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all delegations of the participating federations, wishing them success and great performances in the name of Judo!”


FRIDAY, July 3rd

Women: -40kg / -44kg / -48kg / -52kg Men: -50kg / -55kg / -60kg / -66kg

09:30 Eliminatory rounds/Repechage/SF

16:30 Final Block/Bronze and Finals

SATURDAY, July 4th

Women: -57kg / -63kg / -70kg / +70kg Men: -73kg / -81kg / -90kg / +90kg

09:30 Eliminatory rounds/Repechage/SF

16:00 Opening Ceremony

16:30 Final Block/Bronze and Finals

SUNDAY, July 5th

Women: Teams Men: Teams

10:00 Eliminatory rounds/Repechage/SF

15:45 Closing Ceremony

16:00 Final Block/Bronze and Finals