Several years ago I was competing in Boyce Lydel’s National Blackbelt League going from tournament to tournament to place and win opportunities to get seeded at his annual SuperGrands until a ran across a longtime friend Joey Shiflett. He and his wife Julayne would compete to secure points to also seed and go to the SuperGrands since that time numerous friends have become World Champions including Julayne and Joey along with Jimmy Sherman. Although each of their goals was to be NBL World Champions which they’ve all met, my goal was different. I really didn’t have the time available to make such a time commitment. My goal was to meet and greet and introduce a team concept to competitors and possibly a point league, not an MMA type of league. So here I am ten years later with my plan in my hand but I guess I got a little off track strolling down memory lane.
Anyway, I was Joey Shiftlett’s coach. I knew how Joey trained; I even sparred with him at Zack’s school on forest drive and had an idea as to what he was capable of. So as the match went on I would look for opportunities he could take advantage of in his opponent that he might not be able to see because of where he was in the competition. I had control of his timeouts and would make sure we took advantage of them. So when I thought of creating this martial arts league we have to have a different mindset and present a new paradigm for potential spectators one that would keep their attention. In football the goal is to score the most points with either kicking the ball through the uprights and running or having the ball caught beyond the goal line. Spectators get football; they get the sweet science of boxing.
In the National Martial Arts League the coach/trainer performs a critical role in team success. He/she is responsible for the training of the team; he/she should know the capabilities of each team member thus allowing him/her to make the best decisions for matchup.
Matchup – the opportunity for the coach winning the coin toss to select which team members he/she would like compete first.
The strategy here is, that a coach may be familiar with an opposing team’s roster and realize that the 18+ middleweight is a truly awesome and unbeatable fighter, and his strategy maybe that his/her fighter fight defensibly and stay away from that fighter allowing him not to score an abundance of points on their fighter in hopes that the deficit can be made up in the following team member fights so his/her team can win.
So not only will there be plenty of action in the ring or squared circle, but there is a little strategy involved and the better understanding a coach has of understanding the rules, his team, their capabilities the more exciting an event can be and will become.
I would also suggest that the team coach/trainer have been a martial artist, and at one time or another have competed in a tournament, or judged and event. They should understand nutrition, fitness and training. These are just a few areas in which a trainer can bring value to a winning team. Just think if you will, you have thirteen people and you are sending them out as a unit one by one against another opponent their skills may or may not be better than their opponent that’s where the team must rely on the team trainer/coaches strategy for winning.
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