From Julia this time, about “What makes a blue belt?”. (Georgette also posted her results.) The exercise asks you to first list what you want in a coach, and then to promote someone when they begin to line up with that list.
I took Skills to be those things that would be taught in class itself or some other formal classroom setting, while Traits are personality or social interaction skills. Hard vs. Soft, I suppose. Or something like that. Both Traits and Skills can be learned.
So, what do I want in a BJJ coach?… (Also, already went through and marked with an “S” or “T.”) In no particular order:
- T – concerned about individuals and their progress
- T – organized & communicative (about schedules, fees, events, etc.)
- T – patient, encouraging
- S – motivates students individually
- S – knowledgeable, detail-oriented; can explain concepts & reasons
- T – willing (eager, even) to pass on knowledge
- T – in control of the class; has & sticks to “the rules”; fosters safe environment for all
Interesting idea here. I’m curious to see more lists, too, and to see if any trends shake out. I see that while I of course want a coach who can teach me stuff, I actually want all the touchy-feely stuff a little more.