I want to talk to you about something very important in terms of professionalism and being a quality high-level coach. Comparing and contrasting coaches and coaching styles is something that everyone does. Parents do it, athletes do it, other coaches doing. A lot of parents do it when it’s time for them to take their children to someone to be coached. Comparing and contrasting and it’s not a negative thing. We do it all the time we do it in the grocery store, we’re doing which was a car, house, mate, spouses, etc. We have a compare and contrast our children, not to say that one is better than the other, but it’s just a human thing to compare and contrast.
I want to talk more specifically about the sports of judo or Brazilian jujitsu. I’m a combat sports consultant, doesn’t matter if it’s an MMA school, MMA coach, or MMA fighter or Judo, school, Judo coach, your fighter, or somebody in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My job is usually to find the gaps or holes in the particular game and to come up with some strategy for an individual or team to move forward or advance from the current winning opposition.
So, what I noticed about most people is that they don’t understand that current diet, meaning what you take in every day is part of your diet if you’re on Facebook all the time if you’re on Twitter if you’re watching television, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, those particular things, then that is your particular diet, okay? If you eat a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruits, then that’s your diet. When I talk to people that I coach on the health and wellness side, they say, right now I’m not on a diet, and I tell them, yes, you are on a diet because whatever you are eating, that is your diet. If I just take a list of what you’ve eaten for the day, that does your particular diet. We all have a reading diet, we have a consumption diet in terms of what we eat, we also have a cognitive diet, we have an emotional diet, like all of us have a diet, it’s just that many of us don’t have a planned diet or a strategic framework for action. Most of the things that we look at when we look at our diet, we look at them after they’ve already happened. It’s not a proactive stance, but a reactive one. So what I do in most places is, I tried to get a read on the current direction of the program or the person and then I ask a lot of questions to find out where the desired end goal or result is. Then we map out a strategic framework for action.
So, what’s the first thing I do? I ask people out the gate I ask him what is your philosophical approach for your dojo? Judo has its own philosophy already! Judo has the mutual welfare, benefit, its names as the gentle way. Judo has its own philosophical approach, like maximum efficiency with minimal effort, but the question is, is that approach a true one? Can that get you where you want to be? Well, if you have a dojo and you want to teach kata, and you want to do things like that, of course, you can get away with that. But if your desired end goal result is something very different then I’m sure you know that Judo is far away from being the gentle way.
Depending on what your goals are, some people want to win early, some people don’t mind losing early or winning late. Some people want to win right now, some people want to win a little bit late, it’s okay. But you need to understand what your philosophical approaches are for your particular dojo. The second thing is you have to understand and look at your philosophy you need to look at your conceptual framework. Because your conceptual framework is going to guide all the ideas and the conversations that you have with other people. So, someone can come to you and talk to you about a series of movies even watch movies during the Olympics and you got to ask yourself, do those particular things fit within the conceptual framework of my game, of my dojo, of my teaching style, etc, you have to choose that first. So, you go from a macro level and the philosophical approach creates your conceptual framework. Then your conceptual framework creates your system and after you get your system, you start working on your system making sure that your system works. Then what you do is you got to build a model, your system a model its a physical or graphical representation of your particular system.
So, when you go into somebody’s place, or you see people compete, you have to be very careful of criticizing the play. Because you don’t know the developmental cycle that that person is in. You don’t know where they are in terms of their particular model. Let me do this. I’m going to do something very basic here.
If you don’t have the type of conceptual framework or the philosophical approach, that is going to require you to look at the game in such a manner, then everything for you is different. So within these blocks, everything in these blocks starts to get complex. The first thing that you have is locomotion, then you have gripping, then you have this box which has its own conceptual framework, and its own philosophy and his own techniques.
So, you have this part where the people are falling, which is the transition game, the throw game, the foot sweet game, it has all these different skill sets in it based upon what you believe and what you want to do, and where you want to go and how you want to get there, and these two things are also based upon body types, weight classes, referees, rules, ruleset.
So, you may not have what you see here, some people just don’t have the information to fill out this box. But if you do have the information for this, why aren’t you filling out this box, these boxes are being neglected, because you can’t do everything all the time at once. It’s not possible. So when I look at my model, my model was created and shaped over time, I had a great influence on it by Roger Williams because he was studying his MBA at the time is my model is based upon investment economics, period.
Investment economics, even in jujitsu, you’ve seen these people put together these, these long quality mind maps. A mind map is necessary. It’s something that I do as well. But a mind map is still a reactive thing. What you need and what everybody’s not giving you is the philosophical approach behind what makes that mind map that mind map.
So, if you try to just go and grab a piece of that system, or go and grab a piece of somebody’s triangle system, or half guard pass system, or sweep system, that that piece that you have, although it’s great in terms of knowledge if your goal is to just get into the knowledge acquisition game. But the question is, where is it and how does it fit in your overall system? Is it modular? does it connect, If that’s not happening, then, unfortunately, they’re just spinning your tires! But what you want to understand is the differences between a philosophical approach, a conceptual framework, and a system modeling.
Now, I’m not going to get into shaping because that’s something totally different. But when you have all those things, and all those things are packaged and you actually have them written down and you can spit them back out and you know them at the core, then there is this other hurdle that’s in place. It’s the hurdle of teaching, learning, dissemination, and inculcation combined with the ability to receive. Then as an end-user, can the end-user understand you, I can get the greatest coach from Kazakhstan, he can even know the terms in terms of judo, okay? And he can show you a lot of things.
But there’s still going to be a small gap in the delivery of the information because there are some nuances that you’re just not going to be able to climb over because of the language barrier. So that particular thing can’t create the hole and the game, which can stop you from being as good as you possibly can be. Or they may have so much information, that is so good. That that gap that they have doesn’t matter. That’s a possibility, too.
However, you have to know where the holes and the weaknesses are, and the game and the system and the delivery of the information, and the philosophical approach and the conceptual framework, and the system, the modeling, the dissemination and colocation, and the teaching, the learning and the and the receiving of information. You have to understand these things because all these things impact your ability to coach.
Now, what is a coach, if you look back at the true definition of a coach, a coach hooks, carp’s things together. It connects one thing to another and then moves it forward. When you coach, you have to have an understanding of all these things that I’ve said.
Otherwise, you’re not hooking up anything, you’re not moving anything forward. Winning is just one aspect of the total game. I don’t compete anymore. I’m 41 years old. But it’s still my job to move the information forward, to move the game forward, to move Judo forward, it’s my job to play the on the edges of the game to give a nudge and a push. Other dojo coaches are their job to kind of move the game forward. And the best way to do that, and then the best way to do that is to continue to learn. And you don’t become a better Judo coach by doing more judo. things outside of the realm of judo, which is going to help you become a better coach. If nothing else, please do yourself a favor and sit down and write down your philosophical approach when it comes to training zenana write down your conceptual framework, the things that guide the moves and techniques that you use, and do these particular things. In Action actually help you you’ll see that there are probably certain techniques and moves that you need to go get and learn that fit within your system that you didn’t think about before. And then you need to really accept where your system has holes because every system has holes, every one of them to they got blasted. Every system has holes in it. Mine has holes in it. Now. As I close, I want to say this. All those particular things affect game planning. I was talking to say, surge bros who are out in Rhode Island, as a matter of fact, yesterday. And we were talking about the match between our two players. I told him I said at the junior soaping, I was stuck as it because I knew what to do as a former elite player.
But from the information that my client has been given up to that particular point of that match, he did not have the information, nor the Newton nor the nuances and the game, to fight from a certain position to win, it was a double sleeve game. And if when you fight double sleeves, you got to be aware of how the hands move on or need, you got to be aware of your hands are too high on the lapel, or kind of put them down because of the soul days that come right and left. But that and how you have to turn the elbow like that there are certain things to that to that particular game that my client didn’t know. And he was trapped in a washing machine cycle of a game that he didn’t have the information for. My particular approach to Judo, doesn’t teach those things does it that does not lead me to teach those things of that type of game early. So, he didn’t know. Well, I’m accepting of that. I understand that. I understand that as a weakness. The reason why I’m telling you this number, I’m saying, I’m going to segue into this part, all those particular things, the modeling the system, the conceptual framework, all those things are separate and set apart from game planning. Game planning is the implementation of stratagem and tactics to implement your philosophical approach to the environment of play. And that has to do with sitting in the chair, cozy from the sidelines, match preparation, scouting reports, referee, match manipulation, and all of those things and the invocation of those things with your overall philosophy. So, when people want to know what it is that I do, that’s what I do. I am a, I’m a fixer. And every fix that I make is not quick. I do have some I do have some fixes that can be quick. But some fixes. They’re not quick, some fixes or five 710 year
fixes. I have some clients I’ve had. I’ve had some clients, what, 11 years now. 11 years 11. But we’ve all won national championships. But it didn’t happen overnight. We did one more match. But most people who come to me from other places lose at first. And they want to know why that and I tell them, in the beginning, I said you’re going to lose at first. And then I said Why? Why am I going to lose? I said because it’s not about judo.
I said you’re changing systems, you’re changing your trade, not one system and putting in another one. Sometimes the systems don’t marry
I said you’re changing systems, you’re changing your trade, not one system and putting in another one. Something I was I was recently looking at a video that was posted about the Youth Olympics when I was caught in the Bahamas. And the style of play that was going on in that video is different than the style of play that that goes on currently. But the style of play that was going on then was foundationally set up for them to be at a certain place now. But they switch models. It’s okay to switch models. This is the model that I was teaching is the model that the model and the system when I was teaching was the one that was at play during the Olympics. But everything in life is a dice roll. You just have to go what you have to go with the best odds on the dice roll. That’s it.
When it comes to your career. It’s not a bad thing to bet on Ferguson. I’m not the only person that you need. But I’m one of the people that you need. In Need of a bunch of people, you need a collaborative approach. Don’t think that one coach is going to get you to where you need to go is not that’s not true. Jimmy Pedro Okay, then I have Christopher round and myself, right to the scanner report for Kayla, because he could do about himself. Okay, he did it because he can’t do it by himself. And that doesn’t mean that Jimmy cannot write the report. Yes, he can write the report. He went to brown. He’s intelligent Dude, I believe that he can write it. There’s just there are only 24 hours in the day. And certain people do certain things well. So, we have to do something, he has to do something his dad has to do something. That’s Mike Boyle and Paul Susi, a strength conditioning coach, you have to do something, and everybody has to get involved and do something as a collaborative approach. So, what you want to do is you want to make sure that you have the best people around for you based upon the conceptual framework that you choose. Once I sat down and chose my thing and my framework, I put it I put the people in place. I put Juan Carlos Santana in place in mastering the condition I put at Lydian place on the gripping and the and the, in the strategic work. I put Angelo Reese in place when it came to my throwing, he’s a three-time Olympian from Puerto Rico. When I was getting ready for level, I put all these things in place. And a lot of people looked at my style of play when I was playing judo. It’s like people I heard people talking about Travis Stevens, saying it off whoever says I have any Judo and that’s it. Man. What are you talking about man? talking about? That’s like saying Kayla Harrison doesn’t have any stand-up because she beat everybody on the ground at the Olympics. What do you see at the Olympic Games You see, and people put their best foot forward in terms of game planning in terms of strategy? That’s just all you see. And you see in tactics at play. And the tactics in the strategy are so good that what you’ll see you’ll see the technique.
You can’t sometimes you won’t even see the technique you’re just missing. Or you won’t see the technique that you want to see.
Because it’s just a different environment. So, with that being said, Man, I hope you guys have a great day. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me in my inbox and ask me any questions. I got some seminars coming up pretty soon. I think in September, I have a super sweet seminar. And then I think it was September 1. Everything is moving pretty bad. On September first I have a grip and grind coaching program I’ll try to niche things down a little bit more because the information is just so vast on just going over the grip and grind philosophical approach. And then for those people who want to get in the grip fighting coaching education program, you can go to gripfighting.com and I think that’s it for now.
Have a great day. Take care.
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