Author archive for Mladen Jovanovic

  • Interview with David Tenney

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/11/2010

    I’ve heard of David Tenney for the first time from my fellow coach and friend Joel Jamieson and I soon realized we share similar training philosophy. David raised a lot of eyebrows training-wise lately by critiquing too much of glycolitic conditioning volume in soccer and pointing to the importance of aerobic training, which got pretty bad rep...

  • Is taking a false step a bad idea? ADDENDUM

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/11/2010

    I just wanted to add one very dramatic example of context dependence of false step that cost my country entering the finals in Basketball World Championship in Turkey 2010. Since the Championship was held in Turkey, officials were biased. Anyway, starting from 5:22 in the video below, at the very end of this game Turkish player receives a ball close to...

  • Is Taking a False Step a Bad Idea?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/11/2010

    Coaches call it ‘false step‘ and preach that the first step when starting/accelerating should always be step forward. Lee Taft calls it “Plyo Step”. Although I have already covered some information on the plyo step in my final paper Training and Testing Agility in Sports I will share three supporting research papers that are supportive of plyo step.

  • The Sport Form Phenomena

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/11/2010

    This article was published on Power Development Inc, EliteFTS and Reactive Strength Training websites. I glanced through it and corrected some sentences as much as I could, so please bear with bad English (this was wrote in 2006 when I just stared writing in English).

  • Interesting find

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/10/2010

    I have recently found this website by John McCrone. It seems promising although I am currently too busy to read it, but I will.   dichotomistic    This site is large. There are several books worth of material here. It also mixes the scholarly and the popular. This FAQ will help you decide whether the site has anything to offer you....

  • Interview with Mike Tuchscherer

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/10/2010

    Here is the email interview I did with Mike. I really enjoyed his answers and I hope we will continue this conversation in near future and expand more on some topics mentioned.

  • Stability~Variability in Warm-up

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 21/10/2010

    In short, the main purpose of the warm-up is to prepare the athletes for the main part of the workout. As late Charlie Francis used to say „Do whatever you need to warm-up“, which basically means don’t follow the dogmatic hypes and limit your options by saying negative or absolute claims, like „No to static stretching“.

  • Deliberate Practice for Coaches

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/10/2010

    I just finished Talent is Overrated and just starting the Bounce as recommended by Professor Keith Davids in this interview. All those books (can’t say exactly about the Bounce since I just started it) goes into the nature~nurture debate and shows how innate talent is not enough and the importance of something called deliberate practice (for a short review...

  • Random Thoughts

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2010

    1. Political Viewpoints This morning I was thinking about my political viewpoints and I couldn’t name/label them, thus I searched for the online test with my friend  Cem Kantarci and I found this interesting and easy test that put you into a certain political viewpoint group based on your answers. Please note that this is only for fun, and...

  • Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/10/2010

    Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King I am very proud to present you the interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King, father of Crazy Monkey Defense from Johannesburg, South Africa. Watching Rodney coach and being a member of his personal blog – Inside the Monkey – I noticed that Rodney has a lot to offer, not only to martial arts...