The “mat inforcer” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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We’ve all been there where there that is one person who is the alpha on the training mat, and you know they’re going to beat you everytime.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Every gym/school has one. The best in gym bar none. This person is the “Gym Inforcer”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As a coach or the instructor, you want this gym inforcer to be a solid person! Why? Whether you like it or not, this person is the person who sets the culture for everyone else in the gym.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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They automatically adopt the role model figure of the gym. No matter how good a coach you are, or how much knowledge and respect you have, this person still rules the mat!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If this mat inforcer, is a decent person who is a truely positive role model, leading by example, always working hard, you’re job is a little easier, as this will trickle down. That’s easy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What if the mat inforcer, is a little egotistical, has a bad attitude and isn’t exactly a positive influence? Then this is where the best coaches shine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Some people will argue not to let it get this far as the one time newbie had to come up through the ranks also and be under the influence of others. Absolutely, but it’s easy to be humble and toe the line when you’re not the king. People’s true colours show, when they sit on throne.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s imperative the coach has a good working relationship with this mat informer. There is mutual respect, and the coach treats this person as leader. Communication is key! You need to let the person know what’s expected and what’s not. If you do this correctly, you’re club culture will be so much better. If not…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So if you’re mat inforcer is already a stand up guy/gal, count your blessings. If not, you better start working with that person and build that working relationship and mutual respect before it’s too late. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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