Get to the knowledge….and learn
Some of you may know that I used to do a lot of MMA training.
In fact, as a 19 year old that was what I thought would be my path of choice.
Here’s a picture of a training trip to Thailand back in the day.
I always loved coaching.
But at the time I enjoyed MMA training and coaching more than S&C coaching. (I didn’t really know what S&C coaching was!)
So my goal was to be the best MMA coach I could be.
To open up and build the best gym I could.
And part of this was training and learning from the best coaches.
The best training partners.
Trying to understand the process.
gave me the belief that it was possible.
I read it at the right time.
So things change.
I started to study S&C and this became the burning desire for me.
But those hours spent becoming an MMA coach and acquiring those skills taught me a LOT. Much of which I apply today, over 10 years later.
Part of the process of development was attending seminars and masterclasses by top coaches and learning their methods of teaching and working with people.
I went to one seminar with Karl Tanswell.
Karl is a BJJ Blackbelt and heads up SBG UK.
The seminar was on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Rosi Sexton was helping out Karl.
The content was good, and at the end Karl made himself available to ‘roll’ (spar in BJJ terms).
So what happened?
Everyone got schooled!
Karl submitted us all pretty quickly if I remember rightly.
I was impressed.
At the end of the seminar Karl made this statement:
“I’m no better than you guys I just got to the knowledge first”
Consider that for a second.
He got to the knowledge first.
For sure he’d learned from the knowledge and could apply it.
But the key was a thirst for getting there and staying there. For Learning and applying.
A desire to be on the cutting edge.
To share and develop further.
You can debate the merits of knowledge versus learning versus applying etc etc but what I think Karl was saying was get out there, learn, and apply.
I also think that it doesn’t matter what field you’re in, this applies.
The difference between a 22 year old and a 32 year old is ten years. Ten years experience and learning from those hours.
You don’t have to get there first.
You just need to get there and then stay there.
You could waste that 10 years. Let it drift by without any real effort to get better.
Choose to plateau.
And that is fine by the way. It’s not about judging and there’s more than simply coaching and working in life.
That could be the difference between professionals of similar ages.
My choice was to try to stay on the edge, to keep getting better.
I’ve always tried to do this. That’s the major reason I set up Strength and Conditioning Education and try to push so hard to keep learning.
As long as I enjoy it I’ll keep doing it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert when it comes to self development.
This is just something I wanted to share.
Hope you enjoyed it.
How does it sit with you? Leave me a comment or send me an email be great to hear form you.
PS: A Few quick reminders
Ben Rosenblatt 29th June 1 day workshop on INJURIES ARE OPPORTUNITIES.This will be immense. Don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Ben trains people HARD and gets results. A LOT of knowledge will be shared that you can apply immediately here.
Kelvin Giles The Quest for Physical Literacy webinar Sunday 30th June. Kelvin will be doing a 1 hour webinar on all things athletic development including how to build your athletes from the ground up. It’ll be a really good session I’m positive. You can register for the early bird price of just £35 before the 16th June.
Vern Gambetta Speed to the MAX November 2nd and 3rd. The man himself is over in the UK for a 2 day seminar. Don’t miss learning from one of the professions leaders and innovators. Early bird price is available NOW.