Coaching is overall awareness, decision making and multi-tasking.
Making effective decisions requires having and continuously developing a philosophy.
No one can give you your coaching philosophy. It is something you must cultivate and develop with experience and reflection.
To help you on your journey, we present our BoxingYoga™ Coaching Philosophy in PDF for you to download and study.
The BoxingYoga™ Coaching Philosophy is grounded on flow theory. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term 'flow' to describe optimal experiences in activities people find intrinsically rewarding. A common phrase among boxers and athletes used to describe flow is “being in the zone”. The term “flow” is used in many yoga schools also, particularly Ashtanga Vinyasa, where transitions between poses are just as important as the poses themselves. There is even a sub-division of Ashtanga Vinyasa known as Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow.
- What is it like for you to experience flow or being in the zone when practicing yoga?
- What inspires you to practice and coach others in BoxingYoga™?
- What helps you persist in the face of challenging poses or sequences?
- How could you encourage a positive mental attitude in others?
Your Own Philosophy
You play an essential part of the atmosphere in your class. Take time to reflect, develop and share your unique personality in your practice. When you work as part of a team, it is also essential that you develop a positive relationship with your fellow BoxingYoga™ coaches.
Consider the athletes, teachers or coaches that have influenced your thinking and outlook on life. What is your own philosophy on boxing, yoga and the individual learner?
- Why do you practice boxing, yoga, and BoxingYoga™?
- What do you hope to accomplish with BoxingYoga™?
- What do you believe is a valuable life skill?
- How will these values and skills help guide your decisions and actions when coaching others?
The 3 Stages of learning and the learning styles
A typical BoxingYoga™ class is likely to comprise of people at various stages of the learning process. In order to manage this diversity, it is necessary to identify the stages people pass through when learning a new skill. Every student undergoes three stages when learning a new skill: the Mental Stage; the Practice Stage; and the Automatic Stage.
- What stage are you at in learning the BoxingYoga™ Class Structure, round by round?
- What do you believe is important to think about during each stage when teaching others?
The goal of every coach is to teach sessions that make students feel positive. The coach does this by creating an environment in which trial, error, determination, learning, success, praise, excitement and love of practice are bundled together into one unforgettable experience. As a result, students who enjoy their practice simply choose to practice more often. As a further result, they improve.
- Do you seek to achieve or seek to avoid?
- Do you response well to praise or to challenge?
- How could you ensure that you relate to the appropriate motivations in your BoxingYoga™ classes?