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  1. tennis_balla

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    Bruce Lee: On adapting to each student

    "I believe in having a few pupils at one time as it requires a constant alert observation of each individual in order to establish a direct relationship. A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine... each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting.
    A teacher must never impose this student to fit his favourite pattern; a good teacher functions as a pointer, exposing his student's vulnerability (and) causing him to explore both internally and finally integrating himself with his being."
     
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    That is very good. I like the part about not imposing a favorite pattern on a student. Good stuff!
     
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    Balla - totally agree, in fact I did a presentation yesterday on what it takes to be an elite coach and this area was one of my main themes. You have to know your player both as an athlete but more importantly as a person and you have to train the person as much as you train the athlete. The better you understand the persona, the better your ability to communicate and connect and therefore the faster the athlete will improve.

    Something many coaches don't realise or even don't think about.

    Cheers
     
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  4. Mick3391

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    As a Bruce Lee fan, whose read all of his books, I appreciate this thread.

    What you see today however is the polar opposite, something I get critcized for. Today trainers say "Use a huge racquet, hit as deep as you can to the baseline because TODAY the game is baseline"

    I say teach baseline, serve and volley, and like I tell my son, "It's ultimately up to you, I can't teach you creativity". Knowledge is what guys go on, but creativness creates knowledge, this is why you see, after forever someone like Fed CREATING new shots, that's what makes him special. Tennis I'll say this until I die, is ALL IN THE BRAIN, you must be in condition, but its mental.

    Look at Feds training, he's 31, yet after the US OPEN he says "I have to get back to training". Justin Bower told me the difference between him and Fed is mental and training, he trains like crazy.

    I do things with my son like dual tossing balls, keeps your eye on the ball and rewires your brain.
     
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    Glad you guys liked it. I was just looking at Bruce Lee quotes and found that. Its great for any sport, but perfect for a one on one type situation in training like in tennis.
     
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