Difficult Student Behavior in Judo Class

I'm not sure why but difficult student behaviour is not talked about much in judo circles.

Being able to deal with the defiant child, excitable and emotional kids and the anxious child are some of the behaviours that are a critical part of coaching, however they are surprisingly not talked about a lot in forums and blogs.

I suspect that it has something to do with judo being a martial art and it is considered to be a loss of face to admit that we all struggle with children and adults for that matter who have difficult behaviours.

We could of course just say to the child: "look you don't need to be here and I don't need to teach you so lets just part ways"; thereby only teaching students that we want. I'm sure that there are coaches that do that, but I am not one of them. Part of my whole existence as a coach has always been the pleasure I gain from seeing a difficult student bloom into a strong but healthy spirited Judoka and human being.

Perhaps it is self serving but then it's not as if I am outside the spirit of Judo by doing so. Our maxim always has been: "maximum efficiency for minimum effort And mutual welfare and benefit".

In the above spirit I came across this article in Kidslife by Ian Wallace

I really like the appeal for calmness type of approach. You can't of course sacrifice safety, so you have to practice the way you speak and behave like every other skill in judo, in order to be able to deal with any arising situation quickly. With that in mind it's a very good read.

Enjoy

Richard

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