"Then he did an exercise with me. This was taught to him by Marcos Avellan, a BJJ black belt who guest taught at Ray’s gym for a month, and which I now pass it along to you, because it’s really freaking cool. . . . [M]ake a list of everything you want in your ideal BJJ coach."
This is especially timely as I have done more and more thinking about what "quality coaching" entails. Partially because I just switched academies, partially because of Megan's post the other day on what it takes to start a successful BJJ academy.
So here's my list--
- excellent technique (gotta know it to be able to teach it!)
- can teach to different types of learners effectively-- visual, aural, kinesthetic
- kind, compassionate
- good listening skills, observant
- humble, self-critical
- adaptable, flexible
- has competition experience
- good judgment-- of character, of business decisions, knows when to push you and when to hold back
But I had a hard time with this. Some seemed "personality" oriented but I believe they can be learned behaviors also. Hmmmm.
S excellent technique
S can teach to different types of learners effectively-- visual, aural, kinesthetic
T kind, compassionate
S (T?) good listening skills, observant
T (S?) humble, self-critical
T adaptable, flexible
S has competition experience
S&T! good judgment-- of character, of business decisions, knows when to push, etc.
The conclusion: "Then Ray pointed at the TRAITS and said if you’re looking for a coach who is friendly, accessible, knowledgeable, understanding, etc, then promote based on that list. So someone could be a total genius at jiu jitsu at white belt, but if they’re a complete tool they will be a white belt for a VERY long time. This made so much sense to me. If I am passing on a LINEAGE to someone, they’re going to be a reflection of me. If I were a black belt, I wouldn’t give some toolbag my lineage. I would give it to people who I would be proud to attach my name to."
Well. I like it. And yet I find it leaves me still... reaching. It seems to add a welcome focus on "moral character" to promotion decisions, which is great. But still doesn't tell me anything about the "readiness" to be a new belt level. It's a floor, perhaps, but not the ceiling-- if that makes sense.
Share your list of what makes a good coach in BJJ.....