When you see a pattern in the way your student receives penalties or shido’s it can often be associated a few different larger issues with your student. Being able to find the patterns is very important as well as finding the deeper reasoning behind these penalties.
For instance, if your student is regularly receiving penalties for passivity or defensive posture, it can often be a sign he/she is getting out-gripped and needs to improve upon their kumikata strategies. Another issue could be penalties late in matches for false attacks or passivity, may be a sign that your athlete requires better conditioning. Studying penalties is often a forgotten detail in the analysis of your judoka, but it could turn out to be of incredible importance.
Here are some things to look for when studying the penalties received by your students.
Are the penalties against lefties or righties? I know this may seem obvious to some but, competing against lefties or righties can really mess with your athlete’s ability to perform especially if they are not properly prepared for it. If your athlete has difficulty adjusting to the difference in gripping someone of the opposite side, bailing out of the exchange may be their only way to avoid being thrown and a shido is a better result than being thrown for ippon.
At what point in the match do they happen most often? Throughout the match? At the beginning? Near the end? The timing of the penalties can tell you a lot. If it is at the beginning of the match, it often points to your athlete not being focused, maybe they do not have a good warm up routine. If the penalties are occurring throughout the match this could mean that they are having issues with strategy of how to fight the opponent.
Finally and most obviouslywhat are the warnings for? Passivity, false attacks or stepping outside of the tatami?
Knowing objectively why an athlete is receiving these penalties can have the affect of the canary in the coal mine. Addressing the particular issue can often lead to great immediate benefits.
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.
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.