You’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a long time, haven’t you? You’ve invested years into it and, actually, you became quite good… So much so that you’re now a coach! However, it’s safe to say that you sometimes feel unsure about your coaching abilities. That you doubt whether or not the students are getting the best out of you.
So, what can you do to improve your coaching abilities? What makes a good coach, anyway?
Lachlan Giles shares his opinion:
There are so many facets to being a good coach. First, you have to know the techniques well, and know them from a broad amount of positions that might not be part of your own game. You have to know them well enough, so that when something isn’t working you can identify and fix the problem that your student is having.
On top of that, you have to understand how people learn; and then how to create a correct training structure which will optimize skill acquisition and, often, the athletic potential too.
Lachlan places a lot of emphasis on providing context to the technique and position being taught:
If I had to say one piece of advice only, it would be to provide context to the technique/position that you are teaching. When I see a technique being taught, I want to know the exact context for when it will or won’t work. Too often this is lacking in instruction.
Fantastic advice, isn’t it? Learn more from Lachlan Giles’ experience by reading our full interview with him.