Thursday, December 31, 2009

Succesfull Coaching

This excellent Book a must for all Sports and Martial Arts Coaches normally sells for £27.99p. I have 5 copies and will sell for £15 including P@P
Successful Coaching offers an in-depth introduction to the coaching profession and is specifically written for the high school and serious club coach. Integrating the latest sport science research with practical knowledge acquired by highly experienced coaches, this book features new sections on sportsmanship, coaching diverse athletes, managing athletes’ behavior, preventing and addressing drug and alcohol abuse, and coaching using the games approach. Five sections serve as the foundation for the book:
Principles of Coaching emphasizes the value of a coaching philosophy and how to achieve the three major objectives of coaching: create a team of winners; help young people have fun; and motivate young people to develop physical, psychological, and social skills. Featured is a new chapter devoted to coaching diverse athletes, in which coaches learn about developmental differences in youth, cultural and gender differences, and differences in physical and mental abilities. Also new are specific guidelines on sexual harassment, sexual relations, and homosexuality in sport, making Successful Coaching the first book to offer written guidelines that address these issues.
Principles of Behavior discusses how to communicate and motivate players, as well as manage problem behaviors among athletes, using a positive discipline approach.
Principles of Teaching introduces the games approach to coaching and details how to incorporate this new approach into teaching technical and tactical skills. Coaches will learn how to develop an instructional plan for each practice and for the entire season.
Principles of Physical Training includes five new chapters on training basics, training for energy fitness, training for muscular fitness, nutrition, and battling drugs. Coaches will learn to develop training programs for better sport performance and to ensure the health and safety of their athletes.
Principles of Management covers the interpersonal and administrative basics required for building a solid coaching foundation that emphasizes team, relationship, and risk management. Helpful advice on working with fellow coaches, administrators, officials, medical personnel, parents, and the media is also included.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alan has his say

Well after reading IBF/BSCA Newsletter , you could forgive me for asking a question
was it really JOHN that suggested that theory grades be accepted for the under
30's ??? Does this mean that John has realised that not every one can or
would want too contest , if this is the case Johns suggestion may be one of
the saviours of the arts.
This is a sincere letter not a sarcastic one.
Well done John .

ALAN K0NTOZI 4th DAN THEORY GRADE who still enjoyed a good club night
training session and wishes I never stopped training .

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

European Pankration Championships

Pankration is new to me so I will be attending the Europeans I would like to take a couple of fighters as the International Body said they would like to see GB represented. There is no grants as Pankration UK is not recognised by UK Sport as we have only going a couple of months that is understandable. As President of the British Sombo Federation a governing body recognised by UK Sport, I have notified them that I have started Pankration UK. So competitors will have to fund themselves and will have to attend the Course in March and be a member of IBF/BCSA/PUK. If you are interested please let me know.

Monday, December 28, 2009

IBF/BCSA Newsletter

IBF/BCSA January Newsletter 2010

2009 I am sorry to say was not a good year for those involved in Martial Arts and Combat Disciplines, membership down, participation in competition and courses down. Why? I believe it is many factors:
1) Youngsters no longer want to do physical activities; they want to interact with watching TV Sport or using computers and Game Boy etc
2) adults are frightened to get hurt just in case they lose time of work
3) The state the country is in has left all of us feeling depressed and short of money
4) More and more regulations governing those who want to coach Cub Mark, UKCC etc

The IBF/BSF events certainly took a down turn, the IBF Multi Nations we could only manage a Mini Bus to Germany normally we have a large Coach, Summer Camp number were down, we could only muster 3 entries for the World Masters Sombo in Lithuania and 2 for the World Sombo in Greece. Interestingly enough IBF/BCSA Junior membership has increased a fraction bucking the National trend but our Senior Membership has dropped.

So what to do Firstly not to give up see below the list of events we have on offer, some of the competitions may have to go into smaller halls as few participants mean less revenue. Also we must look how to attract more adults. John Clarke 5th Dan Chairman IBF Judo Technical Commission has suggested to extend the Non Competitive (Theory) Grade system to the under 30 years! This would be a big step as the IBF has always believed that Contest should be the primary aspect for young Judoka but at the same time we must move with the times. All Martial Arts organisation rely on adults to teach youngsters if we lose the adults we lose the kids, so I think it will be a good idea to drop the Non Competitive Dan Grade age to 18 but it must never become an easy option maybe the commission can look at increasing the syllabus for non competitive grades i.e. 2 Kata’s for 1st Dan. I do not want to see NC Dan Grades being classified as sub standard to C Dan grades; NC Grades should be a different route to the understanding of Judo as a Philosophy for Life. Most martial Arts do not expect Shiai to be part of the Grading Syllabus so what I am proposing is not out of the ordinary.

IBF clubs need to be more versatile include other disciplines into your programme if you are primarily a Judo club try the occasional lesson of Sombo or Kurash or Jiu Jitsu or Pankration, this will give your students an added interest and make you different to the other club down the road, we are all trying to attract a very limited group who want to participate in what we do.

The first event of the year is a Sombo Training session this is suitable for all Jacket Wrestlers and even non Jacket wrestlers, if you have not got any Sombo kit just wear a Judo Jacket and a pair of shorts. So if you do Sombo, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Free Style, Kurash, Belt Wrestling come and have a try, LET ME KNOW WELL IN ADVANCE IF YOU CAN COME

If you are interested in the First Aid Course please book in as soon as possible as we only have 16 places and there has been a great deal of interest, this course can be used in the work place

My latest venture is Pankration the first Combat Form to be used in the Ancient Olympics, the best way I can explain the competition is as a mixture of Semi Contact Karate and Judo/Sombo. I have the European President from Greece as the Coach at the course. Try and get there once again book well in advance as space is limited.

It has taken me many years to get Sport CombatSombo insured in this country and one of the conditions is that only people who have attended a course under my supervision will be insured to teach i.e. allowed to teach. So I have organised this Teachers Training Course in both Sombo and Sport CombatSombo.

With all that training under your belt you can not miss out on the British Sombo Open, this year we have gone for a smaller venue but we expect the fights to be just as good. We will be looking for players to enter the Worlds in Uzbekistan November, plus the World masters and Keith Costa wants to take some juniors to a big Tournament in Lithuania in December.

The Big Judo event of the year for us is the IBF Multi Nations in Hastings; this event should attract Judoka from England, Scotland, N Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and provisionally Ukraine, Italy and Russia. This event is for IBF members only and we allow 6 per country so you want to have a go just enter; this event was the stepping stone for many top international Judoka. I have arranged a special deal with Haven Holidays for accommodation. I am looking for somebody to represent the IBF in Wales if you are that person get in touch.

Last but not least is our Annual Summer Camp, this year we will having Top Jiu Jitsu Master Tom Starling 7th Dan on the course along with all our regular Coaches, Pankration will be on the agenda as well. Once again I am offering a reduced rate for those who book in by April and on top of this I am making a special price for those youngsters 12 to 16 as long as they book in by April.

IBF/BCSA needs your support so lets have some enthusiasm and NEVER SAY DIE

I Hope we all have a very Prosperous 2010

Martin Clarke 8th Dan Sambo GrandMaster
IBF/BCSA President


January 31st Sombo Training
February 21st Sombo Training
February 28th First Aid Course
March 14th Pankration Course
March 7th Open Judo Championship (Venue to be decided)
March 28th Teachers Certificate Sport Combat & Sombo Course
April 11th British Open Sombo
April 18th Sport CombatSombo
April 18th Pankration Championship (Venue to be decided)
May 15th IBF Multi Nation Judo Championships Hastings
June 20th Freestyle Sombo Tournament

Carrotts at Boxing Day

Boxing Day Training for 2nd Dan Lee and 3rd Dan Colin A beer and a dip in the sea

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hand To Hand Fighting

Hand to Hand Fighting from IBF Europe

Banned from using the name Free Style Sambo

It seems that I have offended American Sambo, I have always put the promotion of Sombo/Sambo before any financial gain it seems American Sambo Has different Ideas

I am quite shocked by this email as I am trying to promote Sombo/Sambo not just in GB but throughout the World I would have thought you would have done as much as you can to assist me. I notice your Trade mark is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office so I very much doubt that it covers the whole of the World but I do not intend getting into some long legal argument over a name that really means nothing, I will change the name back to its original conception CombatSombo Wrestling, something I introduced over 25 years ago long before your own involvement in Sambo/Sombo you will see the rules on my web site a site I have had for 10 years. At this juncture can I remind you that COMBATSOMBO is a registered Service Mark with the UK Trades Marks Registry no 1340614 also COMBATSOMBO was recognised by FIAS in 1990 with me as the founder. Does your own FreeStyle have the same legitimise? May I wish you luck with your FreeStyle Sambo and hope it is a financial success and just remind you we have our British Open Sombo in April 2010 you and the US are more then welcome.

Grand Master Martin Clarke
Working for World Wide Sambo
----- Original Message -----
From: American Sambo Association
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:56 PM
Subject: Your Freestyle Sambo


I saw that you plan holding a freestyle sambo event.

I wanted to remind you that "Freestyle Sambo" is a registered trademark owned by American Sambo, LLC (Trademark reg # 3219127, US Patent and Trademark Office). I also hold a copyright of the rules as well, which your rules would need to conform with to be considered a official "Freestyle Sambo" event.

Use of the name "Freestyle Sambo" must be done with permission of the American Sambo Association. There is a process for this, however, I am very disappointed that you did not consult with me prior to promoting your event.

In order for this to be a recognized "Freestyle Sambo" event, you must act in cooperation with the American Sambo Association, pay appropriate fees, bring in trained referees (or host a referee clinic by the ASA), etc.

If you wish to work with us on this, I would be interested in discussing it. However, if you do not, I sincerely hope you will change the name of your event.

I look forward to your reply.


Stephen KoepferPresident, American Sambo AssociationHead Coach, New York Combat SamboUS Team Coach, 2008 FIAS World Sambo ChampionshipsPO Box 5773Long Island City, NY 11105www.ussambo.comwww.nycombatsambo.comwww.samboschools.comAssociation: 718-728-8054NY Combat Sambo: 917-617-5650

2008 US Team

Thursday, December 17, 2009

European Pankration

I have been invited to send players to the European Pankration Championships in Ukraine in April 2010. Obviously we do not expect to win anything but I would like to take one or two fighters for the experience and see how these tournaments run. I believe all we have to pay for is the Flight. If you are interested please let me know and make sure you turn up for the course in March

Events 2010


Elite Sombo Training

For Sombo Wrestlers and Sport Combat Sambo Players
CREPS Houlgate Normandy France
May 1st to May 3rd 2010
Cost £150
CREPS Houlgate was part of the French National Sports Centres dotted through out France; it has now been taken over by the Normandy Provincial Government. This Centre has several large halls which can house two International size areas; it has saunas, state of the art Weight Training facilities. The weekend course will include all meals, accommodation and training.
On hand will be 3 of the best Coach/Competitors in the World from Russia, two Sombo Coaches and one Sport Combat Sambo Coach. The purpose of this is to start training players in the Western European block to beat the strangle hold the Eastern Europeans have on the sport of Sombo, to try and understand their training methods as well as their mind set. To some this maybe a dream but can I remind you up till the 1960’s Japan dominated the Judo World that is no longer true.
This course is by invitation only so those wishing to go should contact BSF HQ in Sittingbourne, there will be training sessions held in February in Folkestone England, Belfast N Ireland and Dumfries Scotland for those who wish to be considered. The British Team will be accompanied and supervised by John Clarke and Colin Carrott.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Danny Carrott from the Warriors Grappling Academy took part in the Caen Open Sport Combat Sambo and Sombo championships in Normandy France on Saturday,

The Combat Sambo was in the morning and Dan decide to enter both in the Sombo Dan is a seasoned player and he was expected to win a medal but in the Combat Sambo this was his first competition. This proved to be a disaster in the first minute Dan was kneed on the nose which broken because of this the Doctor decided to stop hi competing not only in the Combat Sambo but in the Sombo as well.

Kneeing to the face is not allowed the ref deemed that it was Dan fault for taking a low stance have a look at the video and judge for yourself.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tom Starling Jiu Jitsu

Since the advert I posted a couple of days ago I have had several EMails regarding IBF Jiu Jitsu

Tom Starling 7th Dan is our man in charge of Jiu Jitsu and all forms of weopan training his email is IBF Jiu Jitsu is on the increase well done Tom

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Competition in Judo March 2010

The Brian Stening Memorial Championships was a great success, so much so we intend hiring the Swallows whole hall for a Junior and Seniors Championships in March 2010, The Young Judo Club in collaboration with Spitfire Judo club will buying enough Judo Mats to cover 3 area of the new IJF Standard mats, these are primarily be for the IBF Multi nations in Hastings 2010 but 2 will be operation in March. At this event those IBF members who have booked in for the May competition will be able to pick up their England badges at this event. These mats will be available for hire for any IBF Club. The competition is open to all organisations and clubs and our Sittingbourne Dojo is available for those who wish to sleep over. Keep watching for further details

Friday, December 04, 2009

News from Singapore

Dear parent / coach and kind supporters,

Our Year end invitation was successfully concluded over the weekend of 27th – 29th November 2009. Combining elements of BJJ, Judo, Sambo and wrestling, this event received more than 160 participants from as young as 4 years old including guests from Malaysia and Indonesia. The many parents and supporters added color and vibrancy to the competition, encouraging the participants, bring out the very best in them. It was a truly trying experience for many of the children, especially in the face of daunting challenges from our overseas guests and while many tears were shed, each and every child persevered, pushing on in the face of adversity, overcoming their fears and trepidations.

We are pleased that aside from bruised and battered egos, no major incidents occurred and our safety record remains intact and everyone present gained a wealth of experience (Including our many trainers who worked very hard to bring about the successful conclusion of this event). There were many outstanding performances, displaying skills, creativity and courage, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship. This speaks highly of the values and nurturing which the children have received at home and in school. This event was reported in My Paper (article attached) and in the Straits Times.

As in all competitions, there are the victors and the vanquished and while only some were awarded medals and trophies, every participant who stepped onto the mats should consider themselves champions as it take great courage and determination to overcome their fears and deal with their emotions. We hope that this experience will encourage the children to greater heights.

Thank you so much for supporting the event, and to our invited guests, our deepest appreciation for taking the effort to be part of this. We apologise for the many administrative lapses as we worked fervently to accommodate the many changes to accommodate everyone and ensure the best possible experience for everyone without compromising safety.

The excellent photographs (courtesy of Mr. Joerg Eschenfelder, who spent 3 very long days covering the event) from the event may be viewed on the Jagsport FACEBOOK site. If you do happen to have video of the event, we would appreciate if you could add it to You Tube so that we can share your special moment.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A note from Matt Clempner

Hi Martin
Just to let you know Kosei's only open session this was in the North West Area due to an agreement with George Kerr and Inoue. This attend by nearly 70 Judoka from as far away as Essex. However he is moving to the Budokwai in the spring I believe.

Cheers Matt good news for all Judoka

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Kosei Inoue, Judoka world champion

Did you know that Kosei Inoue, Judoka world champion and most probably the most succesful Judoka the World has seen was at the Dartford Judo Club on Wednesday? One must ask the question why didn't the BJA inform its members, I am sure many local people would have liked to have seen him

HSE Emergency First Aid for the Workplace.pdf

IBF First Aid Course click link

Disabled Judo and Child Protection

Disabled and Judo
Judo Coaches are now expected to take a Diversity Course, yes another course with Judo losing members and coaches and in this crisis what does the governing body and the government want more Politically Correct courses. These courses can fund the life style of Diversity Style fanatics who teach and preach this bile, the latest is the disabled we are told we must accommodate the disabled or risk being sued. Since I started Judo in 1955 my parents and myself have on many occasions helped disabled people do judo at the Young Judo Club, we had people with one arm, blind, deaf, with prosthetic limbs, also those unfortunates who were backward I believe the word is now called having learning difficulties all these could do judo to some sort of level, they may be not competiting or being thrown we have always tried to accommodate. I, my parents and my Club did not need to go on a course to be told to help those less fortunate then ourselves it was our Christian upbringing and our wish to spread the word about Judo. When some one who was unable to be physically involved we would encourage them to get involved with the organisation of events. Yet there is time when you have to say no we can not teach you Judo because you are physically unable, they may be a danger to themselves and others, to then be threatened with legal action for discrimination is a disgrace.
While on the subject of being fair, I reported many months ago about the case of a Top Martial Arts Coach being accused of Child molesting, the governing body forbid him from entering any of their registered clubs including his own. 6 months later he has still not been told 1) What he is accused of doing 2) who his accuser is, Guilty till Proven Innocent and I always thought in our country we believed in Justice. If he has committed a crime against children get him to court and if found guilty lock him up but what is happening now is not Justice. Every one who works with children can have their reputation smashed by a malicious accusation or malicious gossip and rumour, even to the extent you can make a complaint about an incident that happened 20 years ago even if you have no proof. Children need to be protected but so do the innocent

Martin Clarke