Goals and methods of Judo coaching
and Judo coaching ultimate goal is to make student able to apply the
learned martial arts, self-defense, and sport skills in real-life
situations. This is not equal to a teaching of martial arts and Judo,
but complementary to it.
starts with creation of individual technical arsenal from the first
days of a new student in dojo as instructor evaluates his individual
strengths and weaknesses and developing individualized training plan.
Such training plan is a cornerstone of coaching – not every student
will become an expert in the Art (witch is the goal of teaching), but
every student should be able to apply his learned skills when he need
to resort to it. After all it’s what he came to you (as instructor) and
what you promised him when you took him in.
I hear you
saying: “Wake-up dreamer, it’s a Real World: we have many students and
we just can’t individually coach every newcomer – we barely have time
for our best students”.
common argument will be that student has to learn the basics of the Art
first before any individualization will take place.
nothing to say about first argument. Well, I’m not talking about
“mass-production” and if you are in such business you’ll make your
chooses. The only word of caution: if you will work one-size-fits-all
way your best students or will be not good enough or will leave as soon
as opportunity presents itself.
argument has more weight: we’re talking about Art of Judo (or any other
style), should we first educate our students in the full richness of
the Art so they can make informed chooses?
study of the Art is a life-long journey. On this way it will be ups and
downs. In order to hold it on the student needs to have feeling of
accomplishment. You have two ways to create this feeling: by regular
promotion (from white belt to black belt on fixed schedule with all the
colored patches in-between) or by delivering the real value – hard
earned truly functional combat skills.
methods of Judo coaching, it’s a truly creative activity and each student
should be coached in his own way as every one of us has unique
qualities that good coach should see, understand, and use.
“Kung-Fu Panda” animation (from
DreamWorks) is a good (and fanny) way to get sense what
coaching in martial arts is (this trailer
has some short parts of it – sometimes good stuff comes in
Judo coaching and Judo teaching