I am considering leaving our current organisation. This is the one that provides student and instructor insurance and acts as a so called ‘governing body.’ I’ve been with them as a student and coach for 20 years.
So why? What is it that they have done?
Well nothing actually, no really, I mean nothing, zero, zilch, nada!!
I once tried organising an NVQ course for myself, having been told that ‘someone in authority’ at this organisation was an accessor.
Forget it. I wasted so much time chasing my own tail.
They (the organisation) will only offer instructor insurance to 1st dan black belts. The assumption being that black belts can instruct … trust me, they can’t. I’ve met black belts that couldn’t demonstrate how to open a tube of toothpaste.
In addition, all black belt instructors need to attend a course to obtain a coaching award. I can tell you now, that of all the various sports coaching courses I’ve been on over the years, the martial arts one was the worst in terms of content, execution and inspiration.
So I have this peculiar situation of having a brown belt, coached by me who is a better coach than many black belts and a black belt who has also trained judo in Japan and who is, without any exaggeration, the most accomplished coach I have ever seen that must attend one of these uninspiring courses in order to qualify for instructor insurance!
I am not amused.
I made enquiries at Sportscoach UK. The principles of coaching are the same across all sports so did they have a generic course covering, how to plan, access, evaluate, communicate.
Their answer: We couldn’t possibly provide a course that circumvents your own associations coaching requirement, what a useless twonk!
I’ve since found an organisation that, along with supplying the required student insurance, will also insure 1st dans without a coaching qualification.
It’ll mean more work for me. But just might provide the help I’m not getting elsewhere ….. we shall see.