As the full-time head coach of the Tōukon Academy, David holds a first degree black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. Together with this he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and is the founder of a number of Jiu-Jitsu platforms, online resources and initiatives for children. Rostrum Jiu Jitsu: A network of Jiu Jitsu competitions across the UK that’s Consistently Attentive™ to the competitor. Jiu Jitsu in Schools™: An Independent Scheme Established to Promote Jiu Jitsu in UK Schools. Jiu-Jitsu Tots™: the UK’s First Jiu Jitsu Specific Play-Based Program for Pre-School Children....
ABOUT THE ELEMENTS.
You would assume, all that is required to develop a successful kids martial arts program is the integrity to teach valid, honest content. Oh, if it was only that simple!
More and more I come across instructors with a ‘McDojo’ approach to coaching, combining dubious credentials with outlandish subject matter, hell bent on spreading their rubbish without a care of what they are actually passing on and who it affects. As marketing demigods, they are able to sell their ‘snake oil’ whilst the rest of us are left wondering what the attraction is. Maybe it’s the lure of attaining a black belt at 10-years old, it could be the promise of ‘fast-tracking’ children through their ‘belt system’ or the 35-years’ experience they advertise on flyers that seal the deal with parents that ultimately know no different. Of course this opinion is all very subjective. Who am I and what gives me the authority to judge one coaching method over another?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
I’ve spent years coaching, made a tonne of mistakes and lost hundreds of students as a result. Nevertheless; I believe, in fact I know, that after all those years of misunderstanding and a lack of guidance I have developed the perfect series of focused strategies and logical routines that are key to developing and sustaining a fully functioning program dedicated to children – I’d like to share the process with you.
In 2011 I began implementing these routines across a wide variety of initiatives to strategically align my academy and ensure I governed a unique position across a number of micro-niche areas. Throughout this time I refined and condensed my knowledge and understanding into a focused formula that I now deliver weekly to 200+ children across a number of highly successful initiatives including ‘Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Schools’ and ‘Jiu-Jitsu Tots’.
Through condensing my knowledge and streamlining much of the work I commit to, I have come to realise that there are five ingredients that once recognised, reviewed and relentlessly refined can develop a self-sufficient kids martial arts program from scratch – I call these ‘the Five Essential Elements to a Successful Kids Program’.
They truly make up your blueprint for success and they are the key to whether your kids program explodes into something phenomenal or becomes the perennial bystander to all other programs in your area.