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We asked kids in an online survey: "What should a coach care about most?" You might expect them to answer "to focus on winning." But "Put me in, coach!" is what most kids really want.

In fact, the majority didn't think winning was all that important. Only 7% of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18% of boys said so.

Here's what boys and girls value most in a coach:

64% said giving everyone a chance to play

27% said teaching new skills

9% said winning

Striving for excellence is a great goal, but when coaches and parents apply too much pressure, kids can get overly worried or push themselves too hard physically, leading to injuries. Some kids may even go on unhealthy diets to lose or gain weight to be better at their sport.

And when sports become too competitive, kids who have only average or below-average skills might spend too much time on the bench instead of learning new skills.

10th Degree master instructor Greg Silva says, "I have been a  martial arts instructor for 46 years.  I don't believe there are better coaches than martial arts teachers."   Martial Arts instructors know that the door to success open "in" not "out".   That means the success to building an athlete who is well balanced yet understands that being in top shape and a top performer begins with the proper attitude, confidence, self esteem, sportsmanship and self control.    This building from the "inside out" will prevent kids from being lazy, giving up, or quitting.   The nature of martial arts with setting continuous goals is a key to it's success.   And there is no bench to sit on.   All kids learn, train and compete while playing the "game" in every class they take.

To see how martial arts teaches so much join us in our free "Beginners Krav Maga" Workshop Thursday afternoons at 5:15 pm!



Kids don't have the high IQ and thinking level as that of grown young boys as well. So, in order to train them, you should have to train your children from the coaches to brighten their future.

12/04/2016 7:18am

This is a good read. I remember when I was in the swimming team in my high school, my coach focused on being competitive and winning. It didn't make us competitive and all of the players became sad and tired. We all hoped for a caring and nice coach who could teach us competition, passion and talent is a good skill to use. We all ended up quitting the team and he also quit his job. They changed the coach immediately and it all worked out.

12/09/2016 6:00am

Kids are not have mature mind and they should have a good coach whom not only trains him the martial arts or any sports, but also motivate his mind to achieve the best he could.

01/04/2017 7:03am

A good friend and a great mentor! This is why I choose a coach very scrupulously!

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