ABSTRACT

This chapter will draw on published research relating to coaching women, and the coach–athlete relationship in the context of the female athlete, as it applies to judo. In many sports, as is the case in judo, the female athlete is often coached by a male. There are examples where this has worked both successfully and unsuccessfully. Two relevant cases will be explored. The case of Roy Inman working with the British Women’s Team in the 1980s could be considered as a success. The chapter will draw on Inman’s published work, and discussions with the female athletes he coached. The case of Ryuji Sonoda working with the Japanese Women’s Team in the 2000s could be considered as less of a success, with Sonoda resigning over allegations of harassment. The chapter will draw on reports of this case, and discussions with members of the All-Japan Judo Federation, who dealt with the case. Finally, two more cases will be considered of successful female coaches. Kate Howey, current Head Coach for British Judo, drawing on her insights of coaching women from a female perspective, and Yuko Fujii, current Head Coach for men for the Brazilian Judo Confederation. Drawing on these four cases, the chapter will seek to offer insights into the coaching of the female judoka.