For your enjoyment, Steve gave me the OK to reprint his newsletters that he sends via email to the forum.
WELCOME MAT ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Jan. 1, 2005
By Steve Scott
This month's quote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Theodore Roosevelt (Right on Teddy!)
2005...WHAT WILL IT BRING?
Good things, I hope, for everyone reading this. It looks to me that USA Judo will have to start 2005 as a re-building year with the news of the closing of the judo program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. I'm simply an observer anymore, but it seems to me that the loss of this program will obviously make judo's governing body make some hard decisions and hopefully, make some good decisions from an organization standpoint. One thing for sure...a generation of good judo men and women have come out of the OTC and are now young coaches. Many juniors I remember from my days at the OTC are now in their thirties and have their own clubs. This generation was exposed to some good coaching and maybe, just maybe, these young coaches will help in getting judo in the United States out of the doldrums.
JOHN SAYLOR'S WEBSITE
Big John has his own website up and running. It's www.JohnSaylor-SJA.com and I recommend it highly. My large friend's jujitsu organization, the Shingitai Jujitsu Association, is on a comeback and I'm a strong supporter. If you're interested in serious jujitsu, see John.
COACHING ON THE MAT
Most of you have already received my advertisement about my upcoming book. Here's my unabashed sales pitch as well. By the way, I'm going the self-publishing route on this to make sure it comes out the way I want it. Later, I most likely will try to get a publisher, but for now I have some definite beliefs on how it should look and read, so it's worth the investment to self-publish. I sincerly believe this is a good book and will add some new insight and thought (as well as practical things to do on the mat) to the world of coaching judo, jujitsu and sambo. My eclectic approach is certainly reflected in this book and you will enjoy it. Also, if you know of anyone who would enjoy this book, please send them this newsletter and tell them about the book. The number of books purchased pre-publication date pretty much dictates how many will eventually get printed. I need your support and hope you buy this book. But honestly, I really know you'll like it and enjoy reading it.
COACHING ON THE MAT By Steve Scott
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This is a limited run of books to be printed. The planned publication date is Spring, 2005 and the book in in the final stages of edit, graphic design and layout. To assure yourself a copy, please order now. They will be mailed out when published in the Spring. This will be a professionally produced book and not some home-made text. Much of the material in this book is new, although I have expanded on some of what I have written in the past. Also, I included what may be the most comprehensive glossary of Japanese terms used in judo and jujitsu on the market. I know lots of coaches who want accurate translations of the Japanese phrases we use and this pretty much fills that need.
SAMBO, ONE OF THE FEW THINGS POSITIVE ABOUT THE SOVIET UNION
I've wanted to write an article on sambo for some time and thought this issue would be a good time to do it. I love the sport and had a great time doing it and coaching it. While this isn't a complete story of sambo, I think you'll enjoy it and if you've heard of sambo but never really known what it is, this article should give you some good insight on it.
In it's 70-odd years of existence, the Soviet empire left much misery on the people of Russia, Ukraine, and all the other Soviet "republics" and vassal states. I've talked to a number of people who lived under the Soviet regime, and while some were communists, most were simply athletes or coaches who had to endure under the hard heel of the Soviet masters. A Soviet athlete once told me there were three ways to escape the dreariness of living in the Soviet Union. They were: 1-You became a politician. 2-You became an athlete. 3-You became a performer such as a musician or dancer. These three groups could get a larger apartment than the average citizen and if they lived in most any place other than Moscow, they could live in Moscow. They could get a better quality of food and basic necessities of life. They could actually get a car and have enough money to buy gasoline to put in it. Basically, the best way to get out of the Soviet system...or at least the best way to deal with it...was to be one of the three things mentioned. Being an international-level wrestler or judo player would make you and your family better off and this was the only way to see anything of the outside world. I mention this because the Soviet Union developed some of the most accomplished athletes the world has ever seen. When Soviet athletes appeared on the international scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they changed the way sport was done, any sport. Their training methods were the best in the world. The Soviet Union was, among other things, a sports machine that cranked out world-class athletes every year...seemingly getting better every year until the wall came crumbling down...both literally and figuratively.