Coach’s Corner

High Performance Coach

Ewan Beaton:



1991 Pan-Am Games Silver Medalist
1993 Dutch Open Gold Medalist
1993 Citti di Rome Bronze Medalist
1995 Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist
1996 Austrian Open Bronze Medal
1992 Olympian – 9th Place
1996 Olympian – DNP


1999-2001 Junior National Coach
2004 Olympic Games Coach
2005 World Championship Coach
2007 World Championship Coach


2008 Olympic Team Leader


1997-2000 High Performance Coach Judo Saskatchewan & Technical Director
2000-2001 High Performance Coach Judo Manitoba & Technical Director
2001-2008 Coach Coordinator Judo Canada
2008-2015 High Performance Coach Judo Saskatchewan & Director of Development
2009- Present Judo Canada Technical Support Officer


NCCP 3 Coach
NCCP 1 & 2 Coach Course Conductor
CANFIT Pro Personal Trainer / Strength Coach


Athlete’s Corner

Hello everyone,

Judo Canada held a strength training clinic at the national training camp following the Quebec Open with the national team strength coach.

Key Points:

  1. Core Development

Core development should focus on:

Glute/Hip Development
Lower back
Shoulder Stabilization

Note: In judo shoulder stabilization/strength is major focus in his programs for core development because is the shoulder/head are being pulled down by their opponent then this will be the first step in the athlete losing their posture in a match. Athletes need to be able to maintain posture under pressure of their opponent trying to break your posture.

  1. Shoulder/Hip Warm-up

Athletes should have a good warm-up using elastics bands or light dumbbells for the shoulders. (posture correction)

Athletes should have good warm-ups using foam rollers, elastics, stretches for squats, deadlift and Olympic lifting

  1. Strength Training Focus

Bench Press
Posture exercises
Pulling exercises

* Olympic lifts if their technique is great for the athletes to have but only if all of the other lifts are technically perfect

Transitioning to the National Training Center:

The most difficult thing that the strength coaches at the NTC/INS is having is when high level national team athletes do not have experience with Bench Press, Squats and Deadlifts. All athletes transitioning to the national team need to have 2-3 years of training experience and have experience with max strength training. If an athlete comes to national team without the basic technical skills this can set them back 6 months to 12 months in improvements in the gym and on the mats.

Note: Beginners to strength training should follow a dumbbell program before progressing to exercises with barbells

  1. National Strength Coach Programming

3 days a week for athletes during normal training weeks

3-5 times a week for athletes gaining weight and lower judo schedule

Normal week schedule:
Monday – strength & power Day
Wednesday – Strength Day
Friday – Strength Day followed by Lactic acid circuit training

Closing note: The strength coach encourages basic technical lifts. There are a lot of different supplementary exercises but the meat and potatoes with a focus on the basics.

Have a good day,

Ewan Beaton

Judo Alberta HP Coach


Athlete Development

Hello Coaches,

Attached are three documents that outline the needs as your start to become more specific with your judo program as we get into the competition season and head towards the 2017 Open National Championships in Calgary in May 2017.

A) Judo Importance Chart:
This is an outline that you can use when you are looking at your athletes. You can start to identify their strength and weaknesses in some of the areas and start to address them. It is difficult to address all of the areas all at one time so pick something that you think can make a big difference in the next 3-4 months.

B) Judo Performance Demands Analysis
It is important to train for the needs of judo. It is important that athletes are able to work hard at a high tempo several times during a match; at the same time the athletes has to have the endurance to maintain this high tempo work for the full time.

Important: The number on thing that all athlete need to become:
STRONGER! If athletes can be fit and strong then this gives them a chance at all levels.

C) Psychological Needs for athletes
It is never to early to being in the psychological factors into practices. This is a good time to start to work on things with your athletes as we head into the competition season. We are in a tough sport and the more challenging the you make the training; the more uncomfortable the athletes are in training the better they will be prepared for performance. It is important to identify some of the basics strengths and weaknesses in each athlete and give them simple tips to improve.

The most basic mental toughness program is; showing up for training, giving 100% effort and building confidence through competition. It is pretty basic but it has to start here!

Judo Importance Chart
Performance Demand Analysis
Psychology Needs Judo

Have a great day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

Recipe of a Champion

Hello coaches,

Recipe of a Champion:
I have attached this article by Renee Hock former national team member and BC provincial coach. It is an excellent break down of what athletes need to do to progress in this sport as competitors. The key is consistency over a long period of time, week after week, month after month and year after year. This is demanding and during this time it is important to keep your program full of goals and ideas to keep it fresh and new. Progression and new challenges is one of the keys to keep athletes moving forward.
Recipe of a Champion

Note: We need to sell the power of the blackbelt. When you see how many people never make it to SHODAN it is really a great achievement. Sell judo for life!

New Rules:
Please remember to talk to your athletes about the new rules and try to bring some of the ideas into your practice. There will be a new rule clinic at the Pacific International and at the Edmonton International.
You can also catch some of IJF Grand Slams and World Cups on Saturday and Sunday mornings in IPPONTV.

If you have 30 minutes to catch some matches you will have a first hand look at what the rules look like and are being applied at the highest level. (there might be some adaptations in the next 3 weeks but it will give you a good indicator of what matches will look like)

Judo youtube also has the new rules clinic posted:

With the new rule changes I want everyone to understand the importance of teaching high quality throwing judo, traditional sleeve and lapel or sleeve and overhand. All athlete should be masters of sleeve control in the same side situation and inside grip control in opposite side situations. It is like a great painter; first you need to be fantastic at being a great classical/basic painter then you can move to the abstract.

The problem is that many people short cut to the popular or new fad without becoming experts in the basics. Not having good basics will slow down an athletes progression as they move up the competitive ladder.
Remember as we experiment with new grips and the new rules that it is important to pound home the basics in kumi-kata.

Posture is everything:
Please have athletes pay attention to their posture in randori and when performing skills. They need to stand straight and do this under pressure. With the new rules there is potential for a lot more power full gripping situations and athletes need to be able to stay straight and strong.

It is important that coaches share and talk about Anti-doping in sport and to have athletes to check their medications to ensure that they meet the anti-doping code. Judo Alberta will be running a few clinics in near future for athletes at training camps.

Please look through the update doping control list just to ensure that you are noting taking something that was added to the banned list. If you have questions regarding any medication please contact the CCES or go to the Global DRO site.
Athletes should verify the prohibited status of their medication(s) using the following CCES resources:
• Global DRO:
• CCES Athlete Zone:
• Email
• Info Line: 1-800-672-7775

Have a great day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

U of A Competition Key Early Season Learning

Hello everyone,

It was great to see so many people at the U of A competition and the changes of the kids from 6 months ago. It always amazes me how quickly a young athlete can change in 6 months from growth, training or a combination of both.

1) Kumi-kata: It is important that athletes develop more intensity in their gripping situations and control. The gripping needs to be done in a purposeful way with higher intensity and power. Remember that posture is key for all judo situations. (Keep straight, strong and mobile)

2) Attacking Frequency: It is important that athletes attack more frequently and in sequences. Encourage athletes to attack in twos and threes…..they have to try to develop combinations and action reaction to make their judo more effective.

3) Off the grips attacking: It is important that athletes change the flow of a match up with an off the grip attack. Athletes can attack from one grip on their opponent or start their attack as they are gripping.
(grip and attack at the same time) Athletes need to understand that they do not need to have the perfect sleeve and lapel grip to attack but instead they can sometimes be creative with off the grip attacks.

4) Quadrant Attacking / Attacking Plan: To often in matches we saw athletes only attacking in one direction with one technique for the full match. Remember that athletes should try to have a strong technique in all quadrants. They also need to understand that after a strong attack with their best technique the ability to attack in another quadrant has just opened up. (360 Judo Development)

5) Transition: There were some good examples of transitioning to ne-waza on the weekend. Remember that all athletes should have 1-2 dependable techniques they can use at competition. They need to be drilled in all areas when using it: blocking a throw, knocking your opponent down are the basics situations that need to be drilled.

It was great to see so many coaches at the competition working with their athletes! Keep up the good work!

Judo 360
Judo 360 Explain

Have a good day,

Ewan Beaton
Judo Alberta HP Coach

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