This is the third training camp Yushin Okami has spent with us here at Team Quest in Portland, Oregon. After Yushin lost to Chael Sonnen in 2009 at UFC 104 he humbled himself and asked to train with us at Team Quest. It has been an absolute honor to work with Yushin. I am so excited for this upcoming title fight against Anderson Silva.
A champion understands the power of humility. Average performers never consider the asking others for help. The great ones seek out every opportunity to get an advantage, in this case even if it requires humbly asking the coach of the opponent you lost to. Average performers don’t understand the power or even the concept of humility. Humility does not mean begging or groveling or considering you are no good. Humility is an outside expression of being free from pride and arrogance and being comfortable with whom you are. When you humbly yourself to a coach you are not week you are wise and can make huge gains. True champion are no less confident than the arrogant braggart, true champion are every bit as confident. Champions recognize the damage arrogance and boasting can do to relationships and choose to be humble and gracious.
I have been running Yushin’s training camp for the last two weeks the man listens, does what’s asked and follows the plan. Yushin also asks questions when he doesn’t understand.
Yesterday Yushin asked me if I would watch film with him so we can organize the game-plan for this fight. After two hours of watching film taking notes and talking. We got on the mat for an hour or so working a couple positions I feel Yushin can control the fight.
Average performers are only open to the amount of coaching their ego allows. A champion humbly seeks out as much coaching as he can find. The bigger the champion the more open they are to humbly seeking out coaching. The champion’s ego doesn’t even factor into the equation. The only motivation to seeking coaching is to gain an edge. When two champions face one another the margin is so thin that any advantage can be the difference between win and loss. The only difference between winning and losing maybe a slight edge in thinking, strategy, game plan or technique, all great champions seek out world class coaching.
I pray some of my advice I share with Yushin somehow helps him win his upcoming title fight. My role is to share my knowledge and wisdom but most importantly encourage and build his confidence.
I encourage you to go humbly seek out coaches; they can provide a wealth of information. If you already have coaches use them they are in the coaching profession to help. It’s your job to ask for that help, don’t expect your coach to beg you to train. Your coach wants to see you have the desire to be a champion.
Coaches continue to nurture these relationships that come your way. Win or lose, you are helping create Champions. Your athletes don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care.
Coach Matt Lindland