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It is so easy to make something complex and so hard to make something simple. True genius lies in the ability to take the complex and make it simple and understandable. Over the last ten to fifteen years I have seen an alarming trend toward complexification. It is almost as though to use small words and clear concepts is not cool. If you don’t speak in some complicated coach babble then it as if what you say is not important. Lets get past that and focus on the basics, the essentials, sound training principles consistently applied in a systematic manner. Human movement and the various permutations that occur through the demands of sports are complex enough without making it more complicated. Look at the basic movements, see how movements connect and then train to improve the quality and efficiency of those connections. There is no doubt in my mind and my experience that simplicity yields complexity. Build on basics and the complexities will follow. It is not like we are in unexplored territory with 99% of what we do in coaching. If you look closely you will find that someone has been there before and they have either succeeded or failed. In either case learn from their experience and build upon it. Don’t reinvent the wheel, make a better wheel or in some cases just put air in the tires. Approach coaching with a beginners mind, as Shunryu Suzuki said: “In the beginners mind, there are many possibilities. In the experts mind there are few.” If you think you an expert try to remember what it was like when you didn't know anything. That is a good place to be, there is joy and amazement in discovery.

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