Coaching Course Report
On Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th March the Taekwon-Do Advisory Board of the Irish Martial Arts Commission held an Introduction to Coaching ITF Taekwon-Do Course in Rivervalley Taekwon-Do Club. 11 coaches from the ITA completed two days of training under the supervision of Adrian Byrne, assisted by Mr Stephen Cooley and Mr Carl Smullen. Mr Cooley and Mr Smullen are currently completing their Coaching Development Programme for Ireland Tutor training with Coaching Ireland and this course was a chance for them to put their new skills to use and to refresh on the course format. The Introduction to Coaching ITF Taekwon-Do is intended for blue belts and higher (age 16 years or above) who feel they might have an interest in either helping out in their own club as an assistant instructor or indeed at some stage opening their own Taekwon-Do school. On this course we had a rich blend of experiences with younger and older coaches and some national team competitors. This only served to enrich the experience for everyone, as the format of the course encourages the sharing of ideas, debate, discussion and experimentation. While the younger coaches had obviously a lot to gain from drawing on the life experience of the older coaches, there were many occasions where the flow of ideas was reversed as new and imaginative solutions to old problems were suggested by the debutantes.
The topics covered included: long term athlete development; retention and dropout; coaching philosophy; group management; preventative discipline; basics of skill learning; coaching roles; instruction of technical fundamentals; teaching sparring through a games for understanding approach; physical development of the child athlete; observation, analysis and delivery of feedback; safety and communication skills. All courses delivered by IMAC follow an integrated model and make use of adult learning principles. As such, each participant was involved in lectures, group discussions, role play, practical coaching tasks and problem solving activities in a 100% ITF Taekwon-Do focused programme. The weekend finished on a high following a practical coaching session in which all participants had a short opportunity to deliver a prepared activity to a group of local Taekwon-Do students! We wish to extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers from Rivervalley TKD and IMAA Ashbourne.Posted by Stephen Ryan
At the conclusion of the course all coaches were given the opportunity to give their anonymous feedback to the delivery team through an evaluation report questionnaire. They were also encouraged to give any personal thoughts, particularly by way of suggestions on how to improve delivery for future courses. The Introduction to Coaching has now been run for the 9th time, and we’ve trained 130 individuals over the past 6 years. With three new ITA Tutors being trained this year it’s a great opportunity to revise the course, materials, manuals and tasks. The next Introduction to Coaching will be fully supported by all new materials! If you’re aged 16 or more and hold the grade of 4th Kup or higher, you really should consider trying the course next time.