I regularly teach judo at my local club. I make great effort to attend as many courses and competitions (as well as visiting other clubs) as possible so that I can convey as many new ideas/styles/techniques as possible to my class. It was whilst I was visiting a certain club for the first time that I came across my worst night mare. The resident instructor was a black belt and proud of it (and rightly so), the only problem being that he had been awarded it many, many years ago and since then had gone to rot. He was so over weight that he was in no fit state to demonstrate any techniques and even if he had been able I dread to think what he could of shown his class. It was quite apparent that he had not taken an interest in keeping up to date with his coaching as the standard of judo he was teaching was embarrasing. The scary thing was that his class was about 20 strong and that they were all learning awful habits. I shudder to call it Judo at all. It is my strong belief that once an individual has gained his "club coach", he or she should have to attend certain refresher courses each year or have his/her teaching qualification revoked (for insurance reasons if nothing else!) This is certainly not the case in my affiliation. I would be interested to hear any views.