Tournament Organisation: Awards

When it comes to awarding success at tournaments, what is the best method?

Possiple options that I’ve seen:

  • Trophies including shields, cups, belts, mini statues, swords
  • Medals
  • Certificates
  • A mixture of trophies/medals and certificates
  • Cash
  • Just the title e.g. “Men’s heavy weight black belt British Champion 2016”
Example awards

Example awards

Two perspectives are important here, the competitors and the tournament organiser. From a competitor’s point of view, a nice shiny trophy and cash is the most sort after rewards. Conversely, these are the most costly options for a tournament organiser. Trophies are often bulky and more difficult to transport. Medals on the other hand are easier to manage logistically (as they take up far less space) and custom medals can be made at relatively low cast.

If you want to add a bit of extra quality to your competitions, why not add some personalisation? In my opinion, the tournament name is a minimum and should be engraved/noted on the award. A step further would be to personalise each medal with the winners name. Practically this is a bit of a nightmare as it takes some time to engrave awards and would have to be done on the fly. Including the tournament name on the award could be engraved on the medal or on the ribbon. The main advantage of using the ribbon, is that medals can be reused at other tournaments, so you could potentially bulk buy and just change the ribbon at the next tournament.

I’m against this, but you could award participation with medals (perhaps just to the young juniors) for the feel good factor.  On the flip side, I have been to a handful of competitions where they award outstanding performance for referees and fighter of the tournament.

Finally, tournament organisers should carefully consider how they should prevent the awards. A few options I’ve seen:

  • Present at the end of the category in the ring
  • Present on a podium throughout the tournament
  • Stop the tournament and present on a podium at certain points through the tournament
  • Save all presentations until the end of the tournament
Podium

Podium

They all have their own pros and cons for spectators and competitors. One thing to consider is how tight on time you may be, as some of the options above are quite time consuming.

Martial Arts lesson planning

I’ve spent the last couple of hours lesson planning to coach a Tae kwon-do squad training session tomorrow. I’ve written many before and was thinking there must be an easier way to do this. It struck me that the general format of my lessons are the same and, after a quick search, many other lesson plans take a standard format, that is:

  1. Warm up
  2. Stretch
  3. Training focus, which generally takes you down two routes: Technical or Sparring
  4. Warm down

I attend seminars and have trained under different instructors where I pick up different exercises, combos and drills.  I keep sporadic notes, but thought wouldn’t it be great to have a central resource of all of this and an app/website that can auto-create a lesson plan, with a community of users who can provide feedback and add to this collective resource e.g. I discovered single legged leaping burpees to be a great exercise in developing explosive kicking power, this can be added to the central resource to be shared in the community and it would also remind me to use it again in the future.

Let me know what you think!

Body weight workout routine

This full body workout routine does not require a gym or any equipment except for a skipping rope (if you don’t have one, simply jump in front and behind a line). The routine starts with a gentle warm up followed by three sets which focus on legs, arms, abs, cardio, stretch (active recovery).

Warm up
3 x 3 minute skipping
Jump legs (both feet together) and spotted dogs over legs

Set 1
Squat bounce jump
Scorpion press ups (knee to elbow)
From the press up position, bring alternating knees slowly up to your chest
Star jumps
Back superman stretch

Set 2
Lunge in every clock position
Press up and creep forward
Penguin sit ups
Burpees
Splits (left and right)

Set 3
Squat front kick
Inverted flies
Plank
Skipping
Back against wall (splits)