What makes for a good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach? Well, Fabio Gurgel believes that there is no “big secret”.
You have to invest time and effort into your craft, plus provide opportunities for your students if possible:
You have to work hard, be loyal and honest. One thing that I do is that I always try to create opportunities for my athletes, so that they can make a living out of what they love to do.
I think that this is what keeps them happy and motivated to build the team we have today.
However, Gurgel also emphasizes that a good coach shouldn’t put any one of his students on a pedestal. Everyone should be treated the same:
On the other hand, I believe that beside of being a hard worker and creating opportunities, that the coach should pay a lot of attention to not feeding the athlete’s ego.
Sometimes you put a good athlete on a pedestal and without seeing it, you are pushing down all of the other members of your team.
The bottom line for this is: treat everyone the same. Commitment should be a rule for every single one in the group, no matter how many titles they may have.
And yes… If you want your school and business to keep expanding, you should pay extra attention to the beginners:
They are the foundation of your school and there is no chance to build a successful team without them.
The problem of focusing only on the competition team is that you will probably shrink your group for a couple dozens of students by doing so.
And that way it just gets smaller, as opposed to an approach where you could put your energy in order to build a school of Jiu Jitsu with hundreds of students – in which case your chance finding good talents raise significantly as well, so your competition team suddenly appears in of itself.
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Make sure to read our entire interview with Fabio Gurgel on the following link.