PlanetJudo on Facebook and Twitter

May 14th, 2014

Hi Everyone,

just a quick note to let everyone know that you can get all the PlanetJudo updates not only via this site, via RSS and via email. You can now get updates via twitter and facebook too!

https://www.facebook.com/theplanetjudo
and http://twitter.com/planetjudo

Will be updated in almost real-time with the site.

Let me know what you think and follow us for all the news.

Lance

p.s. Currently twitter and Facebook are only for the English language sites

A quick update.

September 6th, 2011

Hi PlanetJudo users,
I just wanted to post a quick update to update people as to what is happening with the site and so forth.

First up, blog counts:

Interestingly, when I look at the traffic on the site, English beats Spanish by very little with French quite a way behind. That is except for last month (August 2011) when the french part of the site was most heavily visited; I presume due to the World Championships being held in Paris.

I am very fortunate that Ibai looks after the Spanish part of the site, seeing as I don’t speak Spanish. If you would like to see a version of the site in your language, please do contact me. I would very much like to add a Japanese section in the near future and increase the number of French sites included. German is probably next after Japanese.

Those of you looking for the iPhone application may have noticed it is no longer on the AppStore, this will be remedied soon and I hope to start development on the app again soon.

Development on the site has stalled considerably with my hectic travel schedule and trying to keep my “real job” going. Also I launched a new web project recently, CarMindr.com which is a car MOT reminder service. That has been absorbing what little freetime I have had. But it has been live for a month now and is stable, so I can shave a little time for PlanetJudo and for blogging.

As always, any suggestions, questions, ideas, complaints welcomed via email to lw@judocoach.com

Lance

PlanetJudo iPhone Pro app is Live!

October 18th, 2010

At the end of last week, Apple approved the “Pro” version of our iPhone app.
The pro version gives you access to to not only the English Judo sites, but the Spanish and French ones also. This is accessible via a simple set of tabs across the bottom of the page.

The PRO app is available at: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/planet-judo-pro/id397126465?mt=8
The app costs 59 pence in the UK and every purchase helps keep the http://www.planetjudo.com website up. You’d be suprised at how much traffic this little site gets and how often we’ve had to up the hosting bandwidth allotment and that all costs money.

The website itself of course will remain free, as does the lite version of the iphone app ( http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/planet-judo-lite/id369608461?mt=8 ).

We have an Android app built, we just need a device or two to test it on, then we’ll be making that available too. :-)

All feedback would be appreciated.

Lance

Planet Judo iPhone App is LIVE!

May 2nd, 2010

Hi Everyone!

As of this morning the PLanet Judo iPhone app is available on the Apple AppStore.
The app provides fast access to the English version of the PlanetJudo website only at present, a new version will follow that is more feature rich and supports all the different language versions of the PlanetJudo website.

The app is completely free and you can get it by searching for Planet Judo on the app store, or by clicking on the link below.

iphone
Free iPhone App!

If once you have tried it, you could rate it on the App Store that would be fantastic.
And yes, please do tell a friend!

Lance

PlanetJudo iPhone app coming soon!

April 25th, 2010

Hi everyone,

this is a just a quick note to say that I have been working on a simple iPhone app for PlanetJudo.
Those of you who use an iPhone and visit the English version of the site will probably have seen the existing iPhone webApp, which to be honest only seems to work 80% of the time.

I have been building a native iPhone app to replace it (which I’ll submit to the AppStore) which will make it faster and also easier to find.

To give you a taster here is a small video of the alpha version running on an iPhone simulator on my phone. Currently I am negotiating the hurdles of getting apps onto your phone (profiles, certificates, etc) and then shall polish the app up a bit then try and get through the process of submitting to the Apple AppStore.

(The video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q5Ksj9Czxg if the embed does not work where you are)

It looks squashed right now, not sure why! Shall try and fix that up for you all.
Lance

French language live!

March 15th, 2010

Hi everyone,

the French Language version of PlanetJudo is now live at http://www.planetjudo.com/french and is our second language specific version of Planet Judo after Ibai helped create http://www.planetjudo.com/spanish

Along with the new version, I have made some small changes to the site like adding different flags, a favicon and improving the speed performance for the Spanish site (hopefully anyway).

The French site only has a small number of feeds and the translation is not good. I’d appreciate any help you might be able to give in getting the terminology correct.

Lastly… I have added a donate button to the front page http://www.planetjudo.com As the site is getting bigger and more popular, the bandwidth consumption keeps going up as does the storage for the website. This all costs money to keep online, so if you find the site useful to you and have a few bucks/pounds/euros to spare, please consider clicking on the donate button on the front page and supporting the cause.

Whats next?

The next steps I’d like to take with the site are to create a German language version of the site in the short term and to completely re-write the code that runs the site in the long term. German was the close second in the vote that saw French chosen as the latest language version, so I’d like to progress that in the next month or so (any German speakers able to help?). I am also contemplating a Japanese version.

In the longer term, I would like to look in depth at the code that runs in the background to see if I can make it run faster. And more importantly to try and make the process of managing the site, adding new languages, etc easier and less work. I also want to lessen the load on the server. So again a few donations would really show me that people care about the site and the service it provides bringing all the Judo blogs together to make them easier to follow and easier to find.

Of course, if you find any problems on the site, just email me ( lw@judocoach.com ).

Yours in Judo,

Lance

Progress on French PlanetJudo site.

February 18th, 2010

Hi all,

Image from Wikipedia

just a quick note to say that the French language version of PlanetJudo is progressing well. So far I have added a few sites (ok nine sites) and done some initial translations of the site itself into French. It needs reading over by a native French speaker, so volunteers please let me know.

Lance

PlanetJudo French coming soon!

February 16th, 2010

Hi Everyone,

thanks to everyone who voted and emailed about what language we should do next here at PlanetJudo.com.
The result is that French will be the next language version we add here.

And this is where YOU come in!

As I build PlanetJudo’s French version, I need to find all the great French language blogs about Judo that are out there on the Interne. I also need to translate the PlanetJudo messages into French. So, if you know a good French Judo site (with an RSS feed preferably) please drop me an email or comment on this blog post. Also if you would like to help even more and help administer the French language version of this site, please contact me ( lw@judocoach.com ).

As soon as it is built and some sites are added I shall let you know!

Lance

What language next for PlanetJudo.com?

February 1st, 2010

Hi everyone,

Encyclopedia pages showing world flags
2010 is here and the Judo world is talking, talking alot! And blogging lots too. PLanetJudo is getting busier and busier month on month and more and more international. The launch of our Spanish language version (thanks Ibai!) has resulted in a big increase in traffic and has proven to me that expanding the site to cope with other languages is a great idea.

So, there is the question for you all, what language should PlanetJudo.com support next?

The obvious choices from my mind are:

  • Japanese
  • French
  • German

For a start, but Korean, Portugeuse and many others need to be considered.

So, which languages would you like to see incorporated here, in what order? It would be amazing if someone like Ibai could contact me for each language. In case you don’t know, I don’t speak Spanish, so Ibai has been the person finding and adding Spanish language Judo blogs for the site (I think I have added in total two, he has added all the rest). So if you are a keen reader of Judo blogs and your native language is something other than English please do email me ( LW@JUDOCOACH.COM ) and express an interest in helping create and maintain a list of blogs about Judo in your language.


For those of you who just want a say, please leave a comment, and/or vote in the poll below.

Yours in Judo,

Lance

100 Judo Blogs!

December 22nd, 2009

Today is a special day for me, http://www.planetjudo.com has reached a milestone. There are now 100 (english language) blogs in the system!

I don’t actually recall how many sites were in the very first version of this site, but it was definately less than 20, maybe a dozen!
And now there are 100 Judo blogs being tracked and promoted on this site, that is very very cool!

What does it mean?

To me, it means that the Judo world is slowly coming online, more people are appreciating the  opportunity we have with the web to learn and share. No longer does Judo discussion have to be on the tatami, no longer is it that the only opinions and knowledge you can learn from be that of only those in your club.

Now, you can read posts from world level players and coaches right down to those just starting out. We have national governing body, board members on here (at least two). And it it keeps growing! This year we added Spanish language blogs and next year I want to add Japanese and other languages (If you want to help let me know, I’m looking for people to add sites in their languages; I sadly only speak English).

With the growth in online Judo content, the opportunity for students of Judo to discover and share has never been greater. We can all watch videos of competitions and and other Judo events online and as the Judo blogosphere continues to grow you will be able to read the thoughts of those creating great Judo. And you can share your experiences so that others can benefit from your perspective.

The perfect example I use when talking to coaches and others about blogging is the blog of Ronda Rousey, the US Judo athlete who won a medal in Beijing last year. As a male coach, who never competed at Olympic level, ¬†I have no idea whatsoever what it is like to be a female athlete competing at that level. HOWEVER… by following Ronda’s blog, I was more able to understand it. And importantly I have pointed young female athletes at the blog and it spoke even more directly to them.

As a coach, it is my role to help athletes learn, and for me that does not mean that I have to spoon feed every drop of knowledge into them. For me, the growing Judo blogosphere is a tool I can use to help athletes progress. As more and more people in Judo start to blog, the more resources I have at my disposal.

My hope for 2010 is that even more of you start blogging, no matter what your level. Write about your yellow belt grading, or your World Cup victory. Talk about the mat burn and how you cope; talk about how you have tweaked your uchi mata. Talk about how Kata is sharpening your technique and how kata is sharpening your mind for shiai.

I find that the act of blogging helps me think through ideas and remember things more clearly, I always kept a training diary as an athlete, so blogging is I guess a long form version of the same thing for me.

So here is my request, in 2010 start a blog and email the address so me so I can include it here.
If you don’t know how or are not convinced why, then email me and I’ll talk you through it all.

Lance
lw@judocoach.com
(Creator of www.PlanetJudo.com)