Learning To Become a Better Coach

By on December 4, 2012

I have been teaching martial arts & self defense for 20+ years now and one of the things I was never taught was exactly HOW to teach. My main instructor was the type of instructor who came in, taught whatever he was thinking about at the time (had no set curriculum), and then let you practice it.
Besides him being my instructor, he was much more like a father figure or maybe even an older brother to me. We did everything together. He would come to my house at 5am to wake me up so that we could go run (5 miles) together and then hit the gym. After that, we trained until around 4pm when classes started.

That was our 7 day a week life. He past away many years ago now, but looking back at exactly how he taught, I couldn’t help but think that he was such a terrible teacher.

He never had any structure to his classes. His way of correcting you was to hit you hard (maybe with a stick) and maybe tell you what you did wrong. Sometimes you would never know what you were doing wrong.

So needless to say, when I first started teaching and all the way until I opened my first school, I was pretty much just like him.

I never had a plan, and I corrected my students in a slightly softer method but pretty much the same thing.

It wasn’t until I was introduced to the teachings of Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems that I even thought about becoming a better instructor.

Here was a man, who in my opinion, is what all other self defense instructors should measure themselves up to when it comes to coaching. Not to mention his level of knowledge when it comes to self defense, combat psychology, and more.

When I first watched this DVD, I was struck by the sheer level of information as well as how effortlessly the information was given out. I was mesmerized. Not by what he was saying, but more on how he was saying it. How he worked with people, etc.

From that point on, I made an effort to obtain every audio or video I could from Tony to not only enhance my level of self defense knowledge but just to hear and see how he coached.

Since that time, I had developed my own curriculum for my students, and have developed a much better way of coaching my students as well. And I continue to look for better ways of teaching, as well as just becoming a better person in general.

Are you consistently looking for better ways to improve your coaching ability? If so, share with us your story and any advice to become better.

STAY PRIMAL, my friends
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About Coach Karma

Coach Karma L Senge has been in Personal Protection / Self Defense as well as the Fitness & Nutrition world for over 31 years now and continually teaches around the world. He has held seminars for many government agencies around the world as well as seminars for civilians. He currently teaches seminars in the United States, Europe, India, and throughout Central America. As well has oversees many training groups around the world.
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