At the time volleyball was accepted into the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, only nine man volleyball was played in Japan. Japan had to learn to play six man volleyball from scratch and become a world power in less than five years in order to fulfill their responsibilities to national pride at their home Olympics. On their first tour of Europe in 1959 they lost every match. By 1962 they were World Champions. In 1964 they won the first ever Olympic Gold Medal. The basic background is that the coach developed new methods, that even at the time were considered close to abuse. The team trained for eight hours per day, around their full time jobs.
Below is a film made in 1963 on the team, showing them at work, training and competition.
About Mark Lebedew:
Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland, in season 2019/20 with Aluron Virtu CMC Warta Zawiercie. That follows five seasons Germany where his Berlin Recycling Volleys won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark was also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team.
Mark partnered with his brother and father to translate and publish “My Profession: The Game“, the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov.
With John Forman, he is behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project (link http://volleyballcoachingwizards.com/) which identifies great coaches from all levels, making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. The project has produced multiple books, a in e-book format available here ( link to http://bit.ly/34yakou ) or in print at Amazon here (link https://amzn.to/2JRqTE6)
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