Of course, all of us at the Labs - Fighting Fit Manchester were very happy and proud of Mike's hard work in the months that lead up to the fight and, naturally, his conclusive finish to the fight. Here is a picture of him receiving his trophy alongside our head coach and the Labs founder Martyn Cahill.
|Lil-Mike was very proud of his "Weirdest Ear Growth" Trophy!|
Someone read my mind and commented on how excited Martyn looks in the picture (sarc) and it made me think. He's usually pretty mellow and has an even mood. You don't get major fluctuations in our coach's mood and demeanour, which I've always seen as a great thing. Jiu Jitsu is hard as it is and the last thing you want to worry about is what mood you're going to find your instructor in.
How emotionally involved is you BJJ coach / instructor? We've all heard stories or even witnessed first hand sports coaches who were a little (or a lot) too involved and invested in the performance of their athletes, shouting a mix of instructions with obscenities from the sidelines. I've also seen some coaches deep in conversation with a friend while their athletes were on the mats busting their chops, unguided and unsupported. It makes you grateful for the happy middle ground. Martyn works hard with us and for us, and he's always very proud of all the hard work we put in, irrespective of the final results. The first time I competed under the Labs banner, I felt liberated from the outcome and focused on the experience and learning from it. A very enjoyable feeling that I completely attribute to the great team of people, including Martyn.
How about you? What's your BJJ coach like? How does that make you feel and how does it reflect on your performance and general outlook on training BJJ and competing?
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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