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Japanese stars honoured by council
7:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
TWO represenatives from the Japanese National Judo Association were honoured by Wyre Forest District Council and Kidderminster Charter Trustees.
Yoko Tanabe, Olympic silver medalist at both the Atlanta and Barcelona games and Isamu Nakamura, senior assistant professor of the Japanese institute of fitness and sport, were sent to Kidderminster by their National Judo Association.
They were there to witness the methods being used by the British Judo Association’s (BJA) technical, education and training team, who are acknowledged by the Japanese as employing the best approach to teach judo club coaches.
Isama Nakamura said: “While Japan produces many world class players, it does not have a programme like Great Britain for ensuring that its many clubs throughout the Japan have the best coaching provision.”
He also explained how impressed he and Yoko were by how all players from an early age are encouraged to progress in all areas of the sport including refereeing, table officiating and first aid.
Colin McIver, ninth dan (the second highest grade in Europe) BJA Technical Director said: “Samurai Judo club is the very best example of how a successful Judo club is run.”
Samurai were hosting the BJA course which was one of four modules being run at their dojo this year.
Councillor Dan McCann, vice chairman of Wyre Forest District Council said: “I was most impressed with the high regard shown nationally and internationally for Samurai Judo club.”
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