Monday, April 9, 2012

Coaching post- Enter the Dragon

Coaching Post
Enter the Dragon

I came up with the title of this blog post because the phrase "enter the Dragon" has double meaning when it comes to this blog post. First and foremost the Dragon in part one refers to the Dragon naturally speaking software from which I will now use when I write my blogs and articles. This is great tool because anyone who knows me knows that my typing is less than great. With voice recognition software I can think the way I talk and, therefore hopefully not make as many typos.
Having never taken a typing course before, I can finally type as fast as I speak. Back in high school if I knew then what I know now, I probably would've taken a typing course but instead I took art courses. The good news about art and science is that it's perfect when it comes to coaching so hopefully this will allow me to write more frequently.
The second part of the Dragon refers to a book I recently just finished called The Warrior Within the philosophies of Bruce Lee. I recently saw a TV show which is a documentary on the life of Bruce Lee. I realized that make for a very good coaching resource book. Upon reading I came across a pretty good pieces of information which I thought be very useful to share one of them refers to the essence of Jeet kun do which is Bruce Lee's martial arts.
Here are some of the principles and how they refer to coaching
1. Researcher ones experience- what do you bring to your coaching or sport based on your own background, knowledge and experience.
2. To absorb what is useful- you do not need to take everything hook line and sinker.
3. Reject what is useless- throw the rest away
4. Add what is specifically your own- put your own interpretation/ stamp on things
These four principles will work well for most coaches. Too often we take what we learn about coaching based upon other people without questioning or looking deeper. It is important that we filter through all the stuff that we read and learn to create our own philosophies and methodologies.