EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY
WHO DESERVES TO BE CONFIDENT.
Too many of us look at those who are outgoing, charismatic, successful, naturally talented or highly skilled as confident people. While for many people this is true, it’s not the case for them all! Confidence is a skill we all must develop, and the reason you see a lot of confident business people, athletes and even us coaches is because we’ve spent countless hours losing sleep obsessing over our craft! Confidence is a skill just like any other – it needs to be nurtured, cultivated and exhausted!!! In doing so, you can learn to fully trust yourself and your technique, even when your logical brain tries to tell you otherwise.
I help both beginner and advanced athletes with their technique to fortify their skills and strengthen their confidence. My coaching not only focuses heavily on what the body is doing, but also (and sometimes more importantly) how the brain is affecting or inhibiting what the body tries to accomplish. I believe that having solid technique and a strong understanding & respect for tumbling not only keeps athletes safe, but also gives them the confidence they need to advance in their skills. Most importantly. I believe that, “Technique bridges the gap between confidence and skill.” Without proper technique, athletes are more prone to injuries and performance anxieties (more commonly and erroneously referred to as “mental blocks”). Without proper instruction and understanding, athletes are less likely to progress skillfully and confidently.
I like to think of myself as an independent and progressive tumbling & performance coach who is not handicapped by “conventional” teaching. Though I’ve competed as both a high school and all-star athlete, and served as an all-star coach for over 12 years, I was never myself “conditioned” to be a high level competitor. Therefore, I’m able to bring a very novel eye to common problems, common fears, and common technical issues that I have now developed very novel solutions for.
During my formative years as a tumbler, I was the only one in my gym able-bodied enough to spot and teach many of the skills I needed to learn. I therefore spent countless hours teaching and training myself the in’s and out’s of tumbling (after learning my initial technique from a local gymnastics instructor). This period of trial and error taught me the importance of safety and proper technique, as well as other invaluable lessons upon which I’ve modeled much of my teaching. Drawing from a time when I had neither the technique nor the mental encouragement allows me to relate to athletes better and helps me better understand their fears and apprehensions about performing their skills.
Do well to seek out your “Discomfort Zone”, for in doing so you will learn volumes about yourself, your skills, and your world. Your entire understanding will be challenged, and you’ll emerge with a newfound confidence.
Teaching self-empowerment through proper technique, and restoring confidence through understanding is what drives me as a coach. Many times I see coaches who, though they have the best intentions, are either ill-equipped and inexperienced themselves, or they lack the communication skills to teach tumbling. Tumbling is so much more than a quick explanation and some shotty spotting. Getting hurt can not only scar an athlete physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Good coaching doesn’t adopt the Nike approach – you can’t “Just do it.”
I’ve been given this knowledge and an ability to teach this set of skills for a reason. Passing on that knowledge to enthusiastic, young athletes, and seeing that priceless look on their faces after working hard to gain a new skill renews me with energy daily! Most of all, knowing that I’m keeping them safe and teaching them body awareness to prevent injury makes me proud to do what I do!
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