WHAT KIND OF COACH DO YOU WANT TO BE?
Over the last few years we have witnessed a growing professionalization of Judo in its various strands, but most of the times we continue to find a model of “artisan coach”.
In the form of artisan education, the path of learning is based on the relationship between the teacher and the student and is essentially practical in nature.
This form of artisan education in judo comes from its origin, where a student accumulates the knowledge of the techniques of his master until one day the student becomes instructor.
Education through the trade should not be overlooked, but it is not enough for the growing complexity in society and judo in particular.
Among the various areas which today a deep knowledge is demanded, urges the technological one. Most probably in our sport this is the least developed area, but I have no doubt that it is one of the most important.
This is how Athlete Analyzer, a Swedish Judo software, comes as a fundamental tool for any coach, regardless of the level of your athlete. I must confess that I initially was a bit sceptic myself. I thought I would have too much work and would not have the answers I wanted, but
I could not be more wrong. I am not going to explain all the skills or technical characteristics of this program, those responsible for the program have all done well in their communication,
I would just like to help spread the word in helping other coaches growth, because it will be my growth as well. I only regret the fact that when I was an athlete I did not have this tool at my disposal, I’m sure the Judo would have been a lot more fun and I would have even been able to go a little further.
Head Coach of Sport Algés e Dafundo Judo, Portugal
2008 European bronze medallist in Lisbon