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Training with a Purpose

My son is involved in a youth football team and recently I was asked to help out on one of the training sessions. I was really just making up the numbers, but as an aikido coach, I was interested in what the boys were asked to do and how they went about it. All the things they did were relevant to enhancing their skills, but I thought they lacked focus and that they didn’t get too much out of the session. It felt like it was more of a duty than a real opportunity to hone their skills. Part of this was down to the coaching, which focused on the group, and didn’t really provide individual feedback, but part of this was down to the boys. I’m pretty sure that it had never occurred to them th

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