Are you a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach? If so, then you probably get a bit nervous before each class. And that’s alright, because you’re eager to provide the best possible value to your students… But that can be difficult. Even speaking – explaining techniques – to students can be tough.
Therefore, here are 3 tips that will help you improve your teaching and speaking ability. Nick “Chewy” Albin explains.
3 TIPS FOR NEW BJJ COACHES
First of all, if you’re struggling with confidence before teaching your classes, the best thing that you can do is to be prepared. For, by preparing thoroughly before class – preparing and reviewing notes, knowing exactly what you’ll teach, preparing possible questions – you’ll leave less space for making mistakes; and you’ll make the students’ learning experience extremely pleasant.
So, before you do anything else, make sure that you prepare well. This tip alone will do a lot for your teaching ability and confidence.
Then again, if you find yourself talking too fast or not explaining things as articulately as you’d like to, focus on grounding yourself. You can do this by focusing on your breathing, on the sensation of your feet touching the mats below, by gripping your own gi material… Whatever you feel is alright for you, that will re-direct your attention from speaking about everything at once. It’ll be like a meditation that will not only calm your mind, but your speech as well.
And finally, to become a better-skilled new coach, you’ll need to attain experience. There’s simply no way around it; you’ll have to put yourself out there and amount a solid amount of experience before you become an excellent coach.
But, provided that you follow the previous two tips, it’ll only be a matter of time before your coaching skills become fantastic.
Chewy explains more on the video below: