So often students in all environments say, "I've got it" when they they don't have the skill mastered. This occurs for many reasons.
Here are 5 reasons why:
1. We don't want to look stupid (fixed mindset).
2. We understand the concept but not how to perform the action in all situations.
3. Our mind is closed to learning at a deeper level. They are not practicing being teachable or mastery.
4. We think understanding and owning the skill are one in the same.
5. We think that being able to perform the skill correctly a few times equates to mastery.
It is our responsibility as coaches to teach and model mastery daily. Are we studying our craft at a deeper level and improving our ability to teach it daily? I remember practicing Japanese Jujitsu with our tennis team at University of Hawaii. Coach Nelson demonstrated a wrist technique, tora nagi, to the team. Then he asked them to pair up and practice. After less than 3 minutes, two pairs of students were standing without practicing the exercise. Coach went over to them and asked them why they had stopped practicing. They said, "we've got it and are ready to move on." Coach Nelson explained to them that they can always improve their understanding and ability to perform this movement through repetition. He then asked for one these four students to be his volunteer. One of the guys who thought he had the move down cold was asked to perform the movement with Coach Nelson. He was not able to perform the action trying multiple times. The people who were paying attention to this lesson learned a valuable nugget that day. We can always improve our level of mastery no matter how good we presently are.
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