“If you’re secure in your knowledge, you don’t have to hide it.” — Dan Inosanto1
The field of Olympic Weightlifting (and other strength sports) suffers from something not unlike what you’ll find in the traditional martial arts: an inane tendency towards secrecy.
I keep telling you that there are no secrets. That’s true. However, many coaches and teachers act as if there are. They hold their “secret” techniques and training tactics to themselves. It’s an outgrowth of elitism, which is, in turn, an outgrowth of insecurity on the part of the coach.
This last weekend, I had the great opportunity to spend every waking hour for 2 days with Dan Bell, the Olympic lifting coach. He’s about as open as a guy can be. And because of his generosity, I learned a hell of a lot. And I’m going to be sharing that with you.
If you haven’t noticed, I put EVERYTHING out there, online, in many formats, just in case you haven’t heard it before. I want to be as helpful as I possibly can. Every “secret” I learn, I share as quickly as possible.
I wish more coaches were as comfortable doing this.
Sometimes it is straight-up insecurity. Other times, it is a fear that if they put it out there, they can’t charge money for it later at their gym, or in a seminar, book, DVD, whatever.
That’s bullshit. And it’s an example of the scarcity mindset. They think knowledge and ideas are like gold, only one owner at a time. Be careful who you share it with! It might “ruin” it if it gets into the “wrong” hands… especially into the hands of my enemies.
Screw all of that. I’m into learning and teaching, not being a self-absorbed asshole.
Of course, there is a difference between what will realistically work as something free online (like a blog post or video) vs something that is more extensive in a book or course, or what happens when you join my gym and work with me in person. But that’s obvious! No shit… when you have more time with someone, and you can go into more depth without fear of boring the shit out of them, then you can do more.
But that’s quite different than claiming there is a “secret”!
There are no secrets. I believe in telling you EVERYTHING important. What happens when you work with me in more depth, or join my weekly journal, is that you get to go over that SAME material in a more organized, formal, and systematic way. And if we’re working in person (whether live or in a coached online course), you also get personal feedback, and all of the pedagogical benefits that come with that.
I didn’t invent the fundamentals of strength training and Olympic lifting. I’m certainly not going to hide what I’ve discover works for my athletes from anyone! That would be more than a little narcissistic.
On the contrary. I will continue to show you everything I possibly can. And if you’re excited enough to go deeper, then you can always come to a seminar, one of our week-long camps, join an online class, or join the weekly journal. In each of these I can take more time and go over each concept in a way that might be rather boring to those who aren’t as interested, LOL. But if you are, great! Me too.
If you’re a coach, give more. There are no secrets, and it only makes you look insecure when you pretend that there are, and YOU are the one who has them. No you don’t.
Ideas don’t belong to anyone. They are the property of all members of the human family (and any aliens who are sentient!).
Now go lift something heavy (and share what you’ve learned),
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- The quote is from Dan Inosanto, a student of Bruce Lee, and master of Jeet Kun Do. ↩