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    JudoStu

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    What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by JudoStu on Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:39 pm

    Just curious to know what dan grade your senior coach/sensei holds at your club. If you are the senior coach what grade are you?

    I'll start with the three clubs I train at.
    In club number 1 the head coach is a 1st dan
    Club 2 - 6th dan, 4th dan and lots of 3rd dans
    Club 3 - 4th dan



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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by tafftaz on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:08 pm

    Me ,sandan.

    However I have seen plenty of coaches at 4th,5th dan and above who are clueless.
    One of the finest coaches I practised with was a shodan for many years.

    Rank does not always make you a good judoka...player or coach.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Jonesy on Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:50 pm

    I agree with tafftaz. Rank in the main is about personal profficiency. Coaching/teaching is about being able to impart knowledge and develop skill in a structured, coherent and sound way. The two are not the same. Soccer gets this with the most successful coaches rarely having stellar, if any, playing career. Judo pretends to get it, but suffers from an ant-intellectual "show us your medals" culture that undoubtedly is holding it back. Wittness this interview.





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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by JudoStu on Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:23 am

    tafftaz wrote:Me ,sandan.

    However I have seen plenty of coaches at 4th,5th dan and above who are clueless.
    One of the finest coaches I practised with was a shodan for many years.

    Rank does not always make you a good judoka...player or coach.

    Oh I agree, I was just curious to see what the norm is across different countries. My main coach is a shodan and I trust him implicitly. He encourages his students to train at other clubs to experience different styles of coaching and to practice with lots of different people.


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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Carlos Graña on Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:22 am

    In my club, the sensei is Nidan.

    In the other club, I train at thhe sensei is Go dan

    Neither have problems that I train at both clubs. I understand that some sensei don't like this. You train only at one club kind of thing.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Ben Reinhardt on Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:58 am

    Sandan, being me. However, one of my students, a shodan, has a higher coach certification than I do, so depends on what you mean by senior.


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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by icb on Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:42 am


    The senior instructor is a 7th dan.

    We also have two 5th dans, one 4th dan, two 3rd dans and several 2nd and 1st dans.


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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by hobit on Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:01 am

    The main Coaches are 2 x 5th dans a 4th dan, and 2nd Dan. We have a 6th dan who helps out at various classes.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by JudoSensei on Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:04 am

    7, 4, 3, 2, and 1
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    Allen

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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Allen on Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:12 am

    GoDan
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Steve Leadbeater on Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:27 am

    6th, 5th and 1st in one club, 2nd at another and 1st (me)at the third club

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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Raj Venugopal on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:36 pm

    7, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2.
    not including non-coaching nidans/shodans.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by JudoStu on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:40 pm

    Raj Venugopal wrote:7, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2.
    not including non-coaching nidans/shodans.

    Wow, is your club quite large?


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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Raj Venugopal on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:46 pm

    Yes, it is a community and university club. Sensei is also an IJF and Olympic ref, and head of Canada's national grading board. We are fortunate to have such a deep bench of diverse instructors. This adds a lot to the classes, as they are all quite different in approach, style and expertise.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Stevens on Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:43 am

    9,7,7,6,6,5,5,etc.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by noboru on Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:41 am

    Stevens wrote:9,7,7,6,6,5,5,etc.

    very nice - dream dojo

    In our dojo: was 5, 3, 3, 2... The highest dan stopped practice judo as 45 years old (was onetime medailist from Olympic Games and twotime medailist from World Championship)  and became an evangelist (Protestant Church).
    Today only 3, 3, 2... all are/was very good sport judokas -  no traditional view of judo
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Stevens on Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:40 pm

    noboru wrote:
    Stevens wrote:9,7,7,6,6,5,5,etc.

    very nice - dream dojo

    In our dojo: was 5, 3, 3, 2... The highest dan stopped practice judo as 45 years old (was onetime medailist from Olympic Games and twotime medailist from World Championship)  and became an evangelist (Protestant Church).
    Today only 3, 3, 2... all are/was very good sport judokas -  no traditional view of judo

    I never thought about it, but now you mention it. It is a dream dojo! I must say the sensei is a 7th dan (while the 9th dan sensei has still a busy judolife). The 7th dan sensei (54 years)was a national champion, won international medals, bronze europe teams and participated in WC of 1981 Maastricht. The oldest is a 7th dan of 73 and fit! Only one young man in his 20's and the rest above 46 years. Most traditional judo and some views at sportsjudo, cause the sensei is still coaching high level talents for the NGB.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by sydvicious on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:36 pm

    We have three "official" coaches who are 6th, 3rd and 2nd Dan
    Then we also have two players who do the odd coaching session and they are 3rd and 1st Dan.

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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by luizpavani on Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:03 am

    I am the ahead coach in my dojos - I am a Go-dan.

    And I train and teach at another club where the head coaches are a Nana-dan and a Go-dan.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by judo66 on Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:45 am

    I am the head coach of my club as well. Godan.
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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by Davaro on Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:15 pm

    luizpavani wrote: ....the head coaches are a Nana-dan....

    Forgive my ignorance but what is a "Nana-dan"?



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    Re: What grade is the senior coach at your club?

    Post by luizpavani on Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:53 pm

    @Davaro

    Nana-dan = Shichi-dan = 7th degree black belt

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