Agreed on the point about leadership. I have all these ideas about how I'm going to lead this team, but no real group leadership experience to date so it's something I'm hoping to get the hang of from doing apprenticeship type stuff with my kickboxing coach. I do a lot of one on one coaching with the other girls (I get asked for training help, particularly by the women getting ready for an upcoming fight, pretty frequently) so I feel like that counts for something and I always try and make it a point to get to know and help out every woman that comes in.Quote:
You understand all the dynamics involved so no need to bore you with it but there is a real need for women to coach women, especially in full-contact fighting.
That you are an experienced, dedicated fighter is sufficient to draw other women in. I think you don't need to worry as much about the exact structure of the classes as the "leadership" you can provide. This is a subtelty that can be lost pursuing ass-kickery. Its that small but noticable change I see if, on Tuesday morning the crossfit workout is lead by TJ but the Thursday workout is lead by Heidi.
Agreed on all of that, which is why I really think this idea has a good chance of working out. I know Kat and I are always looking for activities to do with other women, period, so I think that even if muaythai is generally perceived as a guy thing, women would flock to a muaythai team for women.Quote:
The jokes and witty-banter is different with men/women(yeah, I got really tired of the gay jokes at BJJ, like can you guys come up with something new?) the Mars/Venus idea of how we communicate differently is relevant (thought I don't want to give the New Age idiots too much credit!) where having someone you can directly identify with really helps in your training.
I have a few female students, I tend to make them work together and I notice how different their dynamic is from the dudes. They learn better-for the most part-when they work with each other. The communication is different, the approach, the intensity (show-off) level et. al.
Well it looks like Kat has been officially signed on as muaythai instructor at Ascension MMA. I'll have to pop in on her classes from time to time to she how's she gets along running her own muaythai program.
As a woman who newly discovered ( 7 months ago) Muay Thai, I have to say that sounds like a fantastic class.
I would personally feel more comfortable walking into a new class with all of the 'beginner' or 'fitness' minded group in the earlier time slot. That way, those who are dedicated to more fighter training will stay and up the intensity and focus, but will have worked out and bonded with the previous class. Also, if I got to know someone in the later fighter class I would feel less shy about staying to watch the fight class and maybe decide to stay myself eventually.
My gym had a women's class that was more fitness focused, and because I was new to consistantly working out I didn't want to impose myself on the really hard workers. I also didn't want to die from exhaustion and not want to come back.
After a couple of months there were a few of us who go every day and are better conditioned. We became a women's class of our own that is more fight focus now, right after the fitness class.
I LOVE it.
You may want to make this for female fighters who fight under MT rules. No sense turning away SanDa, KK, low-kick, MMA, etc. fighters if your numbers small.
Sounds like a great plan.
Just so people know I haven't abandoned this idea, I have actually been discussing this still with Kat, particularly now that she's going to be running her own muaythai class soon so I've been asking her questions about how she plans on running her own curriculum and why she plans to do things the way she's going to do them.
There are a few little changes I think I'm going to make, I'll try and post a modified curriculum sometime soon after I go over it and think it through a little more.
If anyone else has any comments/criticisms of the curriculum or the idea itself, please fire away. I'm considering moving back my initial time line for when I wanted to get this started so I can continue focusing and building myself up as a fighter more before I have to focus on training other people.
I don't want to be one of the many instructors who are primarily fighters but do some teaching on the side and don't have the time/energy/inclination to really dedicate themselves to really help other people on their own paths to being fighters. I'm just now getting to a point in my fight career where things seem like they're going to really take off and I'm probably going to need to dedicate 100% of my energy to my own training. After I make some waves as a professional I'll probably start trying to get things going with this group. Not sure what kind of time line I'm looking at, but I don't want to get too ahead of myself.
I am, however, going to continue to try and plan this out and get more feedback and keep this "blog" as ongoing and updated as I can.
Maybe too much effort and maybe completely unnecessary, but what about offering a free private lesson to new people that seem interested?
It could be that you've got some people that want to try muay thai, but they don't want to embarrass themselves in front of a group. You could meet with them for a private lesson, given them a few pointers to get them off to a fast start, get them hooked, and reassure them they'll be fine in the class.