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Student Progression and the Long Term Athlete Development Program

LTAD is a model created by Dr. Istvan Balyi to guide the athletic development process from pre-puberty through retirement. An LTAD approach emphasizes age-appropriate skill acquisition to maximize the athlete’s potential and builds progressively throughout a player’s career moving to more detailed instruction as he reaches the next level. Children progress through different developmental stages; the LTAD model reconciles athletic development with natural development.

 

“From early childhood to maturation, people go through several stages of development, which include pre-puberty, puberty, post-puberty and maturation. For each development stage there is a corresponding phase of athletic training” (Bompa).

 

Sport scientists use these principles to take a proactive approach to athlete development. These models guide athletes and coaches so each athlete receives the best opportunity to reach their peak performance. At Athenry Judo Club we have mapped these specific stages of the LTAD to the Irish Judo Associations core syllabus and created structured lesson plans which develop age and experience appropriate skills and provide a solid foundation for student progress over time. A brief overview of these stages and what to expect from classes at Athenry Judo Club can be found below.

FUNDAMENTALS

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be the overall development of the child’s physical capacities and fundamental movement skills

 

 

 

AGE PROFILE

Boys & Girls aged 5 to 9

 

GRADE PROFILE

White to Yellow Belt

 

TRAINING GOALS:

  • Develop physical capacities and movement skills

  • Learn safety aspects such as break falling and exercising safely

  • Learn ability to listen and comprehend instructions

 

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Have fun,

  • Develop good behaviour

  • Build confidence

  • Introduce simple rules

  • Learn mutual respect

RECREATION & PARTICIPATION

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be on enjoying the activity of Judo. Goal setting should be used to help develop wider skills like coaching, officiating, sport administration, leadership and team work

 

AGE PROFILE

Any Age

 

GRADE PROFILE

All Grades

 

TRAINING GOALS

  • Develop physical capacities and movement skills

  • Learn safety aspects such as break falling and exercising safely

  • Develop general flexibility, strength, stamina

  • Share knowledge and experience

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Promote good behaviour & character in younger students

  • Build confidence, learn mutual respect & build friendships

  • Get involved in all aspects of the club and learn wider skills

  • Learn and develop team and leadership skills

  • Learn self-defence skills

LEARNING TO TRAIN

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be to learn all fundamental Judo skills and to become familar with a variety of training methods. A focus on correct position during excerises to avoid injury and to ensure maximum performance should be instilled in students ath this stage.

 

AGE PROFILE:

Boys & Girls aged 8 to 12

 

GRADE PROFILE

White, Yellow, Orange

 

TRAINING GOALS:

  • Further develop physical capacities and movement skills

  • Begin to develop endurance

  • Introduce flexibility exercises

  • Develop speed and agility

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Basic knowledge of warm up, cool down, stretching, hydration, nutrition, recovery, relaxation and importance of focus

  • Understanding of rules

  • Build confidence and character

  • Understand and demonstrate good behaviour, mutual respect and willingness to help others

 

TRAINING TO TRAIN

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be the overall development of the athlete’s physical capacities (focus on aerobic conditioning) and fundamental movement skills

 

AGE PROFILE

Boys & Girls aged 11 to 16

 

GRADE PROFILE: 

Orange, Green

 

TRAINING GOALS

  • Further develop general speed and movement related skills

  • Develop aerobic base

  • Develop technical base

  • Develop generalised movement and entry patterns

  • Special focus on conditioning, flexibility and strength training

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn correct exercise techniques

  • Further develop knowledge of warm up, cool down, stretching, hydration, nutrition, recovery, relaxation and the importance of focus

  • Learn the importance of being thrown and break falling in order to understand the timing of throws

 

TRAINING TO COMPETE

TRAINING TO WIN

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be to optimise fitness preparation, Judo/event specific skills and performance.

 

AGE PROFILE

Boys & Girls aged 15 to 18

 

GRADE PROFILE

Green to Blue Belt

 

TRAINING GOALS

  • Focused development on individualised technical and tactical skills.

  • Build and develop core technique groupings and entries & develop technical combinations and counters

  • Individual specific fitness, strength and flexibility improvements

  • Focused Speed, strength and endurance training

  • Preparing body and mind for a competitive environment

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Detailed tactical understanding of rules and psychology of opponent

  • Objective self-reflection and performance reflection with focus on continual improvement

  • Understanding the difference between Randori and Shai

 

OBJECTIVES

The main objective should be to maximize fitness preparation and sport/event specific skills as well as performance

 

AGE PROFILE

Boys & Girls Aged 17+

 

GRADE PROFILE

Brown to Black Belt

 

TRAINING GOALS

  • Focus shifts to maximising performance

  • Developing muscle memory through repetitive training

  • Free practice and competition practice

  • Focused speed, strength and endurance training

  • Preparing body and mind for a competitive environment

  • Individual specific fitness, strength flexibility improvements

 

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a personalised “winning strategy” to include tactical understanding of rules and psychology of self and opponent

  • Measuring and evaluating performance objectively

  • In-depth knowledge of warm up, cool down, stretching, hydration, nutrition, recovery, relaxation and the importance of focus

  • Knowledge of advanced techniques for developing focus and “winning” state of mind