In this ZoneTalk episode, Bob sits down with Sensei Heather Fidyk, a 7th-degree black belt in Wado Kai Karate and an experienced international competitor, who has been coaching in karate for more than 25 years. She is the co-founder and head instructor of the South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club in Calgary, Alberta, a non-profit organization that is committed to the improvement of the health, fitness and martial arts understanding for all students.
Sensei Heather is always learning new technical and tactical approaches to teaching, coaching and mentoring her athletes and dedicated black belt instructors. She shares her thoughts on the mentoring process as well as peer-to-peer mentoring. She also works with para-athletes and finds the mentoring process both rewarding and exciting, especially when she sees her athletes come out of their shells and win as absolute performers in competition.
Sensei Heather also addresses the lessons that can be learned from losing and the process of making sport a fun and lifelong endeavor.
Head instructor and Co-founder - South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club | 7th degree black belt | Former international competitor | Manager/assistant coach of the Shintani Team 2012 – 2018 | Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation Senate Member | Vice President, Karate Alberta | Para Karate Coach for Karate Canada
"Being a coach is not always about being technical and tactical. It's really important to have some of those soft skills like respecting, listening, and communicating. Those ones are really, really important."
"There are more lessons in losing than there are in winning….She came home with a vengeance and a purpose. She came home with the motivation. She had the inspiration, and then I just kind of facilitated it."
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