Judo Alberta HP Coaching Committee

  • High Performance Coach/Coaching Committee Chair – Ewan Beaton
  • North Region Representative: Jim Karas
  • Central Region Representative: Garry Yamashita
  • South Region Representative: Russ Gallant
  • Female Representative: Laurie Wiltshire


• Provide more opportunities to recruit certified coaches.
• Raise the level of club coaches knowledge
• Use video to increase knowledge
• Attendance at provincial training sessions

Upcoming Coaching Events


Sport for Life – LTAD E-Learning Courses

Sport for Life aims to develop physical literacy and improve the quality of sport by creating, sharing, and mobilizing knowledge. This acts as a catalyst for governments, institutions, and organizations to improve programs and services. In the spirit of continuous improvement, Sport for Life is proud to release the revised Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity e-learning course<> to support the new resource.

From now until July 31, 2019, Sport for Life is offering this course at 50% off (normally $24.95 + tax). Use coupon code 004F78 for the English version or 9DB694 for the French version. Our aim is to make it accessible to as many leaders and organizations as possible to deliver quality sport and physical activity in your region. Also, if you had previously purchased the old version of this course, you now have automatic free access to this new version through your Sport for Life campus account.

To take the refreshed LTD course, click here:<>

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be familiar with the Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity Framework and the primary objectives of each stage of development.
  • Recognize the characteristics of quality sport and physical activity programs that support the development of physical literacy, strive for excellence, and empower people to be active for life.
  • Know how to find additional resources to analyze gaps in current programs.

This course is presented in four sections. When you have completed the entire course and passed each learning assessment, you will be able to download/print a Certificate of Completion and obtain NCCP professional development points (worth 1 credit).

Sport for Life CEO Richard Way commented on the course saying, “I am excited about the third edition of the Canadian framework as it will support improving the quality of sport and physical activity across Canada. This e-learning module is a quick way to understand the concepts and factors underpinning long-term development, enabling sport leaders to positively impact participants along their individual pathways regardless if they are seeking to be Olympic or Paralympic champions or active and healthy for life.”

For more information, contact Alex Wilson –<>.

  • Any coaches requiring professional development points towards their NCCP certification can take this course.

Coaching Tips

Coaching Tip 1: The Basics

It is the start of the season and time to lay the foundations for the year. At this time of the year it is a good time focus on developing basic judo skills in tachi-waza and ne-waza.

Important: Fitness and safety are key during the return to judo. Many of the athletes returning from the break might not have good fitness so it might be a good idea to spend the first two to three weeks doing fitness training, practicing ne-waza skills, practicing technical skills and ne-waza randori until your group is ready for large amounts of tachi-waza randori.


One of the areas of judo that can be developed in the early season is kuzushi. Having athletes working on their kuzushi is great for their technical excellence, fitness and training their core/back muscles.

Bruce Kamstra: Basic Kuzushi:

Neil Adams: Kuzushi: Hands, Balance and Head position

“Practice does not make it perfect; it makes it permanent”

Top Scoring Techniques

Every year there are new exciting techniques being introduced into the world of judo but it is important that the top scoring techniques are the core of developing effective judo.

Top scoring techniques in competition

a) Seio-nage / Seio-nage variations
b) Uchi-mata
c) O-uchi-gari
d) O-soto-gari

Important: Athletes/Coaches should develop methods of blocking or countering top scoring techniques.

It is important that athletes that developing competition judo have a killer number one throw to build their judo around. At the 2016 Olympics female matches ended 49% of the time in ippon; male matches ended 60% of the time in ippon. It is important that early in the season we talk to the athletes about trying to open up and score ippon when they do randori. Ippon is still the goal in randori! Good kumi-kata and offensive/attacking judo is the key to effective in randori and competitions.

Have fun in the first few weeks of judo when everyone’s energy is at a high level!

Note: KOKA KIDS: This is a great reference website for judo clubs designed by Nicola Fairbrother GBR 1993 World Champion and Olympic Medalist 57kg . The website has good material for kids programs, drills, facts, promotion and products for dojos.

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Judo Alberta Coaching Tip 2:

Kumi-Kata: Get a Grip with a purpose

In this clip Neil Adams explains that all top judoka do not accidentally let things happen in a match. Great judoka take the grip they want and put their opponents in situations where they can successfully execute their best throw and attacking plan.

It is important that coaches focus on teaching grip control when their athletes are competing against same side opponents and opposite side opponents. The goal in both situations is the same; have more advantage in gripping than your opponent.

Please send a minimum of 10 minutes each practice talking about kumi-kata and great drills, throwing drills and randoris with the basic

Same side situation: Control your opponents sleeve first; then put the second hand on the lapel or on the back.

Opposite side situation: Inside lapel control and then work towards getting the sleeve

I have attached Basic Gripping Theory and Grip Fighting in Practice (Jimmy Pedro)


In this clip Neil Adams has a great point about blocking and putting your opponent into better position before continuing with the transition. The first part of the technique (the catch) is often the most critical and the most lazily practiced by athletes. It is important that coaches have the athletes focus on the details and intensity needed to make the technique clean and effective.

Judo Canada HP Podium Stats (Attached)

Please find attached a stat break down for Antoine Valios-Fortier’s development into a world class athlete. I think this is important for coaches to look at because it gives you an idea of what you athletes will achieve to be on the podium at the Worlds/Olympics.

The winning percentage represents international matches.

Note: These stats can be translated to the Judo Alberta world when you are looking going from the provincial level to the national level. It is important that athletes compete often and have a good winning percentage.

Remember: Get your athlete long list in for the 2017 Open Nationals!

Have a great weekend!


Basic Gripping Theory
Grip Fighting In Practice
Judo Canada HP Podium Stats

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

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