Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts. Answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We’re your Jenks tumbling lessons hosts, Coulton cruise and rusty breath slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
All right, welcome back to a nother podcast on mental blocks. This is our part three and this will also be our Jenks tumbling lessons final podcast on mental blocks and this is going to be the overcoming portion of it, how to overcome it. We, for the first one we kind of talked about what it is. Um, the second one we talked about what it’s doing to the athlete, how, what’s going on in the athlete’s mind when that happens, how to best out of best react to that. And now we’re going to talk about how to overcome it, how to get past it and move on to those next skills.
Yes. As a coach, um, patience is key. Being very, very patient. I’m trying to understand where the block started, getting the ends and outs of the kids kind of tumbling history and then really going into detail. Some kids have to start all the way back over, go over the basics, really get comfortable going backwards. A lot of drills, some kids drills help. Um, but every kid is different. Sometimes athletes being really hard on the athlete helps or giving the athlete conditioning for not doing a skill. Every athlete is different, but it’s on the coach to know their athlete and what works best for that athlete.
Times being overly optimistic and overly positive works really, really well. And then if you try that on the next athlete, it can just not help at all. Uh, so like rusty said, every athlete is different. That’s what’s crazy about mental blocks is that it happens for a reason, but it’s individual to that, to that individual athlete. You know, it could be, uh, something that happened at school that day that just kind of makes them block that one time and then they get, they get really, really fearful. Um, but it was like we’ve reiterated over and over again. It comes down to confidence. It comes down to believing in oneself and, uh, having people around you that support you and believe in you to try to keep mental blocks from happening. Now, to overcome those mental blocks, it all starts with bill building the athlete up, whether, whether they need to be, you need to be a little bit harder on them or you need to be super optimistic, uh, making that, that athlete know that they can do it.
So if you are dealing with those mental blocks, first off, you need to know that you can do this. This is, um, something that you’ve done probably many, many times before. And even though now there may, it may be a little bit scarier. The fact is that it happens over and over again when we’ve seen it and they’re blocking from it. When they, when they actually do it. It’s good. It’s good. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just the, the, that moment where they’re coming out of their round off, uh, or out of their backhand spring and they have to commit to moving on and doing that next skill. The thing that they’re blocking on. Okay.
Yes. A lot of it’s muscle memory. So if the athlete can train muscle memory and train their brain to get to a certain part on their tumbling, um, it usually works. If so, sometimes counts. Knowing an athletes, everything has account and kind of forcing them to go on that count, help some athletes. But like you said, then some athletes that can completely throw off, some people are scared from their power, so doing things out of a two step or a power heard or can kind of control them and get them comfortable with their tumbling. Again,
I think drills do a big part too. Lots of drills is gonna make them feel more comfortable jumping backwards, like rusty said earlier. Uh, that’s, that’s a really, really big part of it. Going backwards. Blind scares a lot of kids, especially if they’ve taken some balls. Um, but here’s what really ultimately all comes down to. If you don’t know how to overcome it, if you don’t know where, if you don’t know where you are right now, you just, you just are stuck. You don’t know how to get through this. The biggest thing, the most important thing you can do is communicate with your Jenks tumbling lessons coach. So whenever I’ve dealt with athletes who do have mental blocks, the hardest thing is whenever that athlete does not communicate and they say, I don’t know. And I say, okay, what made you stop just then? What was it where, when did you decide to stop? Was it before you, you took off running or out of your round, off or into your round off? You decided, okay, I’m not going to do this. Um, but to sit there and say, I don’t know, gets us nowhere,
two or coach, it just looks like, I don’t know. It looks like you’re not trying
or I, yeah. When you say, I don’t know, it sounds more like I don’t care. Yeah. Uh, and, and if, and we know that you do care, so communicate with us because we’re their investing our Jenks tumbling lessons time to get you through this. It’s really, really tough time in your life, which you know, you don’t really know which way it’s going to go. You met your Jenks tumbling lessons, you may be thinking, is my tumbling career over? Am I, am I going to get kicked off the team? Am I even gonna make the team? All those things are going on in your head and we really need to be able to magnify that and, and get that into detail to see exactly what your thought process is before you move on. Rusty and I both, um, suggest keeping a tumbling journal so that you can kind of go over in your head what happened that day, how it went, um, and where you want it to go the next time. Set goals, short term goals. There’s like, okay, next time I only threw one only through one. I blocked on all the others. Next time I’m gonna I’m gonna throw to, I’m going to throw through, set those goals and that’s going help you.
Yes. If you’re in a private, a 30 minute hour private, uh, the goal should be to make it through that entire private without blocking. Cause if you start doing that consistently, it’ll get to the point where a block isn’t even a thought. You won’t even think about stopping on your Jenks tumbling lessons tumbling. Everything will go back to being natural and comfortable.
We’ve had a lot of athletes recently come into our Jenks tumbling lessons classes because of mental blocks that they’ve, they’ve, they’ve gotten either, you know, at high school or are there other gyms. And one thing we don’t do is just keep reminding them that they have a mental block. But I feel like so many, so many athletes remind themselves, oh I have a mental block. So it Kinda, it Kinda just turns into a brush off thing. But we don’t talk about the mental block. We don’t say, listen, okay, I know you have a mental block, but I need you to try to do this for me. No, no, no. It’s like, listen, I know you can do this. Let’s go. I’m here for you. We’re, we’re, we don’t even bring it up. And then after that athlete just continues to throw it by themselves. We never, we never even talk about it again.
That’s, that’s something that their past and that it doesn’t ever need to get brought up again. So talking about it over and over and over again. And I know that parents like to talk about it if they get picked up from their private and um, they, the first thing that parent asks, okay, what, what’d you do? How many times did you block? Did you make it? Did, is my money worth it? Did you get those skills right? If you, if you don’t, I’m going to pull you out next week. If you don’t get it within this amount of time, I’m gonna pull you out. And that just causes more stress. Here’s the thing, there’s a book that rusty suggests to everybody and I suggested as well now, um, but he kind of did you discover it? And then one of those, um,
I had seen it on this Facebook page with all tumbling coaches and the coach Justin’s, and actually like somebody had a put a comment on the Facebook thing about mental blocks and he just said, hey, try my book. And I did. I mean, I read it, I worked for athletes
and you’ve given an outtake
seven and out to it’s, yeah, it’s, it’s a lot of what we’re going over. Knowledge is key knowledge of the techniques. So aggressions, that’s why we sit here and preach progressions. If you follow a progression, if you know the skills, you know the technique for the skills, it’s hard to develop those
blogs so that, that book is called unblocked by Jeff Benson, unblocked by Jeff Benson. Check that out. Um, if this is something that you’re dealing with, that book will help you overcome it. But guess what, uh, that book and a Justice Tumbling Company is a guarantee. We’ll get you through it. I mean, we, we can boost your Jenks tumbling lessons athlete. Um, and it, like we said, we, we believe that it’s 50% confidence, 50% skill. It’s, it’s always going to be that way. If your athlete has no self confidence, they’re not going to throw their skills. But if they have a lot of self confidence and they don’t have any skills, they’re going to get skills. It’s going to happen. So just aware of that because, um, mental blocks can destroy lives. Mental blocks can destroy careers. Um, we don’t want to see anybody go through that. We want to put a stop to that. So, uh, that’s, that’s why we’re doing this podcast.
Yeah. So there’s, I mean, knowledge out there in podcast, if you are sitting there and doing your research, if you are taking your blocked very seriously, you should be able to push through very quickly. Some kids spend a lot of time in it. Um, every kid’s different. Some might spend a lot of time in it. Somebody get over it quick. We want tumbling to be a fun experience. We want people to have a passion for tumbling. But it is hard to have a passion for something if you’re deathly afraid of it. And then it becomes a job that becomes a chore. And we don’t want that for anybody.
And I’ve said this before, it’s, it’s like climbing a mountain. There are mountain climbers who are deathly afraid of heights, the f but the, the, the last thing they can do is look down. They have to keep looking up. They have to keep pushing. They have to keep climbing. They can’t doubt themselves for one second. If they do, they slip or they, they lock up, they freeze that this is an actual thing you can, you can Google it, you can youtube it. These people who are definitely afraid of heights are climbing mountains every single day, but they know that’s what they have to do to overcome it. So like rusty said, it’s to be definitely afraid of something and let that stop you from doing the things that you love and achieving greatness. It’s, it’s, it just that breaks my heart. I don’t want to see that happen. So, um, do, do your research, educate yourself and you will overcome it. We promise
those two things. Knowledge and communication. Communicate with your coaches, even to your parents. I mean, whatever it’s going to take. If your parents are the main issue causing your blog or you think that’s the issue, communicate that to your parents. Communicate that they should be there as just, we’ve talked about this as I loving supporting parents. Um, if when a kid gets in the car, if the kid wants to talk about tumbling, let them talk about tumbling or if they don’t bring it up, we’ll leave it alone. Just let it be their thing.
And that could mean simply asking your parents to go into our lounge and not sit in our Jenks tumbling lessons gym to watch you tumble. It’s, it can be something as that simple. Um, I know that a lot of gyms around the area, they, they have a separation between parents. Some don’t, but when your parent is just sitting there watching you, that puts a lot of pressure on the athlete and pressure is there’s good pressure. And then there’s, then there’s that negative pressure that is just going to keep eating away at that athlete’s confidence. We don’t want that. So, um, anyway, we hope that the, that this little three part series will help you get through your mental block if that’s what you’re dealing with or prevent you from having mental blocks. Um, that’s why we do it. We, we, we don’t get paid to do these podcasts. We do it to just give out information. And, uh, and hopefully where we’re doing some good with it. So anyway, um, if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or rusty and Colton, you can check out our website. It’s just as tumbling co.com or you can find us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you have a Google account, we would love it if you left us and objective Google review to let us know how we’re doing
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