Here we are at Joseph’s 10th, and final, tip for competitors. I am sure he has many more than just these 10 of course! Thanks, Joseph, for sharing them.
Make sure you have somebody coaching you.
Ok – this seems like a no-brainer, but let’s break it down a bit.
I agree with the tip, but how does any and everybody go about getting a coach? What makes someone a coach? I don’t think that all studio owners and teachers would see themselves as coaches even if they participate in competitions and/or are able to teach the advanced class. I’m wondering how many people out there find themselves in a position where they have no access to a coach. What should these people do?
Obviously you can compete even if you don’t have a coach, but you can’t compete if you don’t have access to the advanced postures. You could of course, but how well would it go? Not that well. You’re not going to go beyond a regional and do well. So you have to live somewhere where you can learn postures beyond the basic 26 in the beginning series if you want to do well at competition. Then, you need someone who can help you figure out what to do for training in between classes so you can get stronger and more flexible.
I think at the moment some places in the country are stronger than others in terms of preparing people for competition. I would assume that over time this might change a bit, but there will always be places that have greater resources than others.
Do you have a coach? How does your coach help you? If you do not, how do you prepare for competition?