What Makes a Good Coach?

Last minute judo exam swotting in my fab @valor_fightwear gi. Judo gi but bjj everyday 😉I recently completed my Level 1 coaching award in Judo and one of the questions asked was “what makes a good coach?”. Now it’s something I’ve pondered in my earlier career as I’ve spent a huge chunk of working life in Sports Development including as a coach educator as well as being an athletics performance coach before I discovered martial arts. So I thought it was perhaps time I put some of my thoughts to paper! Continue reading “What Makes a Good Coach?”

Does your past sporting experiences help in your BJJ?

We’ve all seen various comments and memes essentially putting down or joking about students who have come from other martials arts. These memes brought to my mind two potentially useful discussions. One is regarding the importance of having a beginner’s mind-set and being open to learning new skills (which I may cover another day) and the other is being about people being dismissive of students past experiences and treat all new students the same. Continue reading “Does your past sporting experiences help in your BJJ?”