How to Train Champions

If you’re like me, as a Coach, you get totally jazzed with the idea of training a champ…

Perhaps you’ve already done it.

If so, KUDOS to you.

I know how much time and effort goes into working with high-level athletes and it’s no joke.

I’ve had the privilege of helping Jeff Joslin win a Canadian MMA title and make his UFC debut, Claude Patrick make his UFC debut and win a few fights on the big stage, Amanda Galle win multiple amateur boxing titles and just recently, an athlete I train online named Cy Landry just won the Renaissance MMA flyweight title.

When working with high level athletes, everything else can easily get pushed to the side – your friends, your relationships, your hobbies, your business – everything.

But I can tell you, I wouldn’t trade any of those memories (and more to come) for anything.

Now, if you haven’t yet done it but you still want to feel the pride that goes into seeing one of your athletes become a champ, it boils down to 2 things:

1) Finding the right athlete
2) Training them the right way

Obviously there’s a lot more to it than that but that is the high-level overview.

Do you have any athletes that you think has the potential to reach win at a high level?

Then that’s amazing, because now, it’s just about focusing on Step #2.

And if you can’t identify anyone at this very moment, you might as well focus on Step #2 as well, to be prepared when the student does find his way to you.

The saying, “When the student is ready, the
teacher will appear,” also works in reverse:

“When the teacher is ready, the student will appear.”

So if you want to get ready for that prized student, I suggest following in the tracks of someone who has done what you want to do.

You can totally figure it out on your own, but you might as well learn from the experience of others, which will accelerate your progress.


If this has piqued your interest, then I suggest you check out this FREE training where legendary MMA/Kickboxing Coach Duke Roufus shares some of his “tricks of the trade” that will help you become a more effective coach, while growing your school at the same time.


P.S. If you’re serious about growing your school, then I’m also going to be telling you about a simple strategy that I shared with a friend of mine who runs a school that increased his Introductory Lesson –> Paid Member conversion rate by 48% (tracked over 50 Intro Lessons).

Stay tuned for that but for now, check out the training Duke Roufus has for you here.

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6 years ago

Great article Eric. Everyone goes on about Jon Jones being so naturally talented but without Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejon I don’t think he would be as good as he is.