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That’s a question that we get quite often when we’re meeting interested coaches and athletes. Often, we end up in quite interesting discussions. Some of our visitors think that Athlete Analyzer Judo is for the very top elite level judokas and their coaches. That’s not the case and during our conversations, they often change their minds and think quite different.

We recommend that judokas start using Athlete Analyzer Judo from 13-14 years and up. In this age, the judoka starts to reflect more about his or her judo and is quite often also changing their judo accordingly to their body growth. Athlete Analyzer Judo makes it easy to highlight both their strengths and weaknesses and that is a strong motivational factor for further training. It’s also easy to spot unwanted patterns like picking up unnecessary shidos during contests. So, it’s a good thing starting as pre-cadet to form a baseline for future training and analysis. But, this is of course quite depending on the ambition level of the judoka.

As the judoka mowing up through cadet and junior level the system makes it easier to get new insights. Some techniques that worked well earlier gets a lower efficiency, new techniques prove to work more efficiently during contests. They also increase their complimentary training making the training plans more complex than before. In this age, they are also more likely to have more coaches around them then before. Maybe they enter a regional team or hopefully even the national team. If the judoka has used AAJ since before the new coaches will have a veritable goldmine of information and can very quickly help the judoka towards their next level.

What about the coaches? Well, AAJ makes collaboration between coaches easier as they can help each other. One coach can plan judo sessions, another coach can plan the strength training and another the cardio within the club. All in one place and easily shared with the judokas. It’s also possible to collaborate between different levels. For instance, a cadet national coach will of course share the training plan to the national cadet team but the coach he can also share the same plan to club coaches. The club coaches can easily adjust the plan accordingly to suit the club and then share it to all cadets in the club. In this way, it’s easy to spread “best practice” among clubs in a country. It’s not always necessary to invent the wheel over and over again.

One thing we all agree on – you never stop learning judo, whatever your current level. There’s always something that can be improved even further and Athlete Analyzer Judo makes it a lot easier as it let the coaches support all their judokas a lot more, in less time.

Collaboration between coaches and athletes on different levels like national, regional and clubs can be really complex and time consuming. There are many aspects to consider like training plans, technical and tactical improvements but also competition planning and a lot of other things. All information have to be distributed between the levels to make it possible to collaborate.

Even just in a club with several coaches this could a hurdle and take away the some of the focus from what actually matters – the athletes.

Most organisations on different levels have created different administrative routines to manage their work. Often with office software like Word or Excel distributed via home pages or email. Many organisations have one system for reporting training, another system for match analysis and different routines for setting goals and do follow ups regarding technical and tactical aspects of their athletes. Each organisation has created it’s own solution and it’s hard to get an optimized information flow that simplifies collaboration between different levels.

Analyzing judo and training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of you will probably recognize the situation illustrated in the picture above. It’s difficult and time consuming to gather all needed information and even more harder to analyze it efficiently. In fact, that’s why we decided to create Athlete Analyzer – a complete judo software to keep everything needed in one place and enhance collaboration.

Training plans & diaries: The coaches create training plans and the athletes reports each workout. If the athletes uses the app they can report their training as done with one click. That’s quite straight forward and forms the base for the training plans and diaries.Coaches can also collaborate while creating plans. One coach can update judo sessions and another coach can update the strength and conditioning sessions. They can also add other events like camps or competitions in the same plan. Every update in the plan will instantly update all athletes calendars. Another collaboration feature is that for example a national coach can share a basic plan like “Build up period Cadets” to club coaches. The club coaches can then share that plan to all their cadets in the club. This saves a lot of time and also spread “Best practices” from national level down to club level.

Match videos: One decision we made early on was to let the athletes analyze and tag their contests by themselves. There are several reasons for this. The athletes need to watch their contests and reflect on what happened. It makes the athletes more engaged and makes it also a lot easier to discuss the situations and the outcome with their coaches. And to be honest, a coach with let’s say ten athletes saves a lot of time if the athletes tag their own contests. All coaches connected to the athlete can then easily analyze the contests and provide valuable feedback. All feedback are displayed below each video in a thread format making it easy to read the other coaches’ feedback.

Development plans & Goals: Coaches and the athletes themselves can set goals for basically every aspect in the system, for example “More Harai goshi from right neck grip”. The system keep track of all tags done by the athlete from the videos and when the goal is met all coaches gets an notification automatically. It also makes it very clear for all coaches around the athlete what they should focus on during future training sessions.

We have made a short video explaining how Athlete Analyzer works. Don’t forget to turn up the volume and please share it among your judo friends.

Life as a judo coach is very intense where you are responsible for planning, practices and competitions. What can be very time consuming is all the travelling to different training camps and competitions.

One of the biggest advantages with Athlete Analyzer is that I can still follow my pupils progress in training camps and competitions through the video analysis though I am not present on all the events. Its a great tool where I in my obscence still can manage to deliver feedback and also receive information to modify our training methods at home.

Gabriel Bengtsson, Head Coach, Borås Judo Club

 

In Athlete Analyzer all coaches connected to an athlete have access to the athlete’s match videos. It’s easy to give feedback and also create bookmarks in the video for direct access to match situations.

Judo feedback software

 

We have recently released “Structured goals” in Athlete Analyzer enabling coaches and athletes to set goals based on their analysis from training and competitions. Having clear goals are highly motivating and also help coaches to collaborate for the benefit for their athletes.

With Athlete Analyzer it’s very easy to analyze an athlete’s scoring in Nage Waza and see their patterns regarding every aspect like throwing directions, kumi kata and much more. The data comes from the tagging of match events in the match videos done by the athletes.

 

Throwing directions judo analyze software

It’s possible to create goals on every aspect regarding scoring in Nage Waza but in this example we can see that the athlete lacks throws at the direction North West and want to set a new goal for increase throws in that direction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We create a fairly straightforward goal of more (3 during the period) Osoto gari at North West using a right neck grip:

Set structured goals for judo

The judoka will now have this new goal:

Goals for Osoto Gari

All coaches with a relation with the athlete can see the goal and can focus the technical training for the athlete on Osoto gari in the dojo.

When the athlete has managed to throw with Osoto gari at North East in a competition the goal starts to be fulfilled:

Goals for judo throw Osoto Gari

When the athlete reach the goal the athlete will receive a badge and all coaches around the athlete will get a notification. This makes it very easy to collaborate between the athlete and all his/her coaches. 

Set goals for Judo Nage waza

 

“Structured goals” in Athlete Analyzer gives you the possibility to set very detailed complex goals regarding Nage Waza, Ne Waza, Competition results, training and other more general goals.