Olympic selection needs focussed preparation, it needs a plan and a coach

Blog 25

All our fighters meet regularly in Manchester at the Olympic TaeKwondo Centre as part of their Olympic selection preparation. Kumite coach is the only place that brings fighters and coaches of this level together online.

I’m the founder of Kumite Coach. I received my MSc in Sports Science in 2002 and became a full-time professional coach in Karate and other martial arts in 2005, now I run a full-time dojo in Oxfordshire with over 600 members and employ 3 full-time coaches and multiple part-time staff. I use my online platform to help train my own competitors and my coaching team succeed.

Let me tell you a short version of how Kumite Coach came about. Having finished my competitive career competing both nationally and internationally in Karate without coming from a competitive club or having a local sensei or coach to help me, I had to spend years (failing) and years travelling the country in order to train with whomever I could learn Kumite from. It was time consuming and expensive! 

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Research suggests that working with a coach can increase your skill levels by an average of 46%. However, further statistics reveal that 42% of fighters or coaches do not actually use additional coaching.Every fighter and coach needs a highly qualified coach and here are 5 reasons why…

Reason 1: Competition fighting can be a lonely journey. You need to surround yourself with supporters and other fighters who have your back and actually want you to succeed. In the competitive world of Kumite, fighters often find themselves alone facing unknown situations and new challenges. A coach and fighter can help to give an objective view of your techniques and match performances and identify the reality of scenarios without any vested emotions.

While training for competition level can be really rewarding, there’s no denying it can be overwhelming and there comes a point where you constantly feel like you’re up against time and run the risk of burnout. When you work with world champion coaches and fighters, however, you’ll have someone in your corner who can assist you through the challenges you will inevitably face and serve as a source of experience and expertise that you can rely on when things get tough.Kumite Coach offers you that community…

Reason 2: We often allow the expectations of parents, partners, friends, managers, or coaches to influence our decisions, but they also add to our own stories of “who we are” and “what we can become”. If you’re driven by peer pressure, you’re always going to be worried by what others might think, and unfortunately, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. 

It’s really important to note that often when we get feedback from friends and family, they aren’t necessarily qualified to give you advice, and you might not be seeking their opinion either, so what they like or dislike isn’t always a true representation of what you need to become that next level fighter.

Kumite Coach allows you to share and bounce ideas with other like-minded fighters and coaches. You will always have someone to turn to for guidance and insight here. We can understand because we have walked that road before, both as competitor and coach.

Kumite coach is all about learning from the best!

Coaching is not counselling. Kumite coach is a goal-directed and action-oriented approach to helping dreams become a tangible reality. The most common challenge I’ve come across with the majority of my students when starting out is ‘self-belief’. It can be scary thinking about your world competition dreams when you haven’t fully got there yet, because you then start to question whether it’s even possible at all.

If you start right now and join Kumite Coach, you’ll begin seeing results one day earlier than if you start tomorrow!

Reason 3: Fear and self-doubt, lead to talking yourself out of what’s possible and settling for the comfortable mediocre fighting styles. But playing things safe is never going to lead to a life of fulfilment. 

I work with individuals to help them simplify things and organize all the messy techniques swimming around in their heads and to also step out of their comfort zone. It’s about helping them to identify what does (and doesn’t) work.

The best way to explain this is by using the example of an athlete. Every high-performance fighter needs a coach. Talent and training alone are not enough, you also need self-awareness, confidence, motivation, self-discipline, and many more traits, qualities, habits and skills. The same can be said for high-performance world-class olympic fighters and coaches.

Kumite Coach gives you access to the highest level of coaching and this level of fighter to train alongside and learn from.My biggest fear has always been ending up in the same place this time next year!Kumite Coach makes sure this never happens to you…I wanted to apply this same concept to my personal training. My goal was to be the best fighter I could possibly be and I thought it would be far more efficient to hire world-class coaches.

Someone who would educate me and keep me accountable; all of which would help me get to my desired champion level much faster had I done it alone. I also found there was a psychological aspect to it; once I had invested in a coach, I was more likely to show up with 100% commitment and take myself and my fighting regime more seriously. 

Someone who would educate me and keep me accountable; all of which would help me get to my desired champion level much faster had I done it alone. I also found there was a psychological aspect to it; once I had invested in a coach, I was more likely to show up with 100% commitment and take myself and my fighting regime more seriously. 

Reason 4: Kumite coach will hold you accountable.Working with an Olympic level coach is one of the quickest short-cut routes to gaining that 1% advantage, yet the same logic is often overlooked when it comes to doing your own training. Most fighters or coaches have exactly the same thought patterns along the lines of ‘it’s ok I can just do this on my own’. Ever heard of trying to “reinvent the wheel”?Imagine a year from now – You committed to your training, you utilised the Kumite Coach training platform to enhance your development, you are in the best shape you have ever been in, you have learned from world champion fighters and coaches alike, you have seen that shift to the next level in your game, those dreams are starting to become a reality. What does that look like to you? How does that make you feel?

Well, the truth of the matter is, the only way this is going to happen is if you decide to take action today… Stop Thinking – and – Start Working…Coaches also need coaches, I have invested in personal coaches for many years and my only regret is that I wish I had invested in them earlier on in my career. The reason being is that you get to buy into their knowledge, expertise and network. You also get to buy into the experience they have from building their own level of skills that made them champions as well as all the lessons they’ve learnt along the way with other fighters and coaches. 

This blog is part of our eBook called – Kumite Coach Discover A New Way To Learn KARATE – High Definition Online Training Platform – click the button to read the full story:

Online articles and watching free YouTube videos are great for getting things started but they can be easily limited to that. Every fighter or coach is unique and often the generic advice found online is not the right substitute for personalised guidance. And let’s be honest, no one wants to spend their Sundays watching low-quality homemade videos. Learning, in theory, is one thing, but learning practically is another. 

Reason 5: Kumite Coach delivers a 1:1 tailored fighting advice from a team of experienced fighters and coaches that will allow you to understand not only the things you are doing well and the errors you are making, but match tactics and strategies you are not even aware of yet. 

Our unique podcast will provide you with exciting and motivating stories of success and triumph in the face of challenge, as you hear how those great fighters and coaches made it to the top. We will be putting the listeners’ questions to them too, keeping every aspect of Kumite coach relevant to you and your needs. 

This blog is part of our eBook called – Kumite Coach Discover A New Way To Learn KARATE – High Definition Online Training Platform – click the button to read the full story:

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