The art of goal setting to many people is often confused as day dreaming because they have hazy goals, or goals that are unrealistic for them to achieve in the foreseeable future. Such things as being a millionaire, owning a mansion, or being President. You can be all things if you believe in yourself, develop a sensible and workable plan for achieving the results you desire, and have such a burning desire and determination to achieve your goals that no one or no thing will stop you. Goals to us will not mean far off day dreams. Goals are plans, feasible and workable plans, that are actively being pursued in an organized and predetermined fashion.
Why is it necessary to have goals, you might be saying. Well suppose you had a child and you wanted to teach him to throw and catch a baseball. That is your goal or your plan. In order to do it in the most effective and fastest way, it is logical that you develop his skills little by little and have a purpose in each thing you show him as a development of the skill of throwing and catching a baseball. He can't throw the ball with either hand, he must specialize and practice on just one, and he can't just throw the ball up, or backwards he must throw it towards a target. He must have a target to aim at and the reward comes when he hits his target. If you just give the child a ball and say go and play, he will develop improper or inadequate skills and usually become frustrated and give up on the sport. But if you have a plan for teaching him the skills and time for him to practice the skills then the goal of throwing a baseball is achieved in the fastest time and with the most effective of results.
The same thing is true of an athlete. He can't just have a vague goal or no goal at all and just want to play football. He must have a definite position that he must learn to play, he must have definite skills he must acquire in order to excel at that position and he must have a plan of action for achieving or practicing these skills that he will be learning. If he just goes out and tries every position and never learns or practices the skills necessary to excel in that position, he is a man without goals, or plans he is actively working on, and will get nowhere in football or life.
Everyone has goals they are working on. Unfortunately most people are working towards someone else's goals. Especially in sports too many players are just working on the goals the coaches have for them to achieve. They are lucky if the coach has a plan for them to be number one that is specifically outlined, and not just a slogan "We're number 1" on the wall. So they go through their careers never achieving the potential greatness within themselves. If the player would make it his goal to become an All American and map out in intricate detail the problems he has to overcome, the solutions to these problems, the time he has to achieve his goal and the progressive steps in achieving them, then there is no reason he cannot become an All American.
Some of the things the player should take into consideration in his becoming an All American are: How fast does he have to be able to run to be an All American? What should his muscular strength be? How much time should he practice a day, and on what skills? How many blocks, tackles, assists, etc., will he need to make in a game? How many yards will he need to gain, or stop the other team from gaining? Does he need the cooperation of other players or the coaches? How many seasons does he have left to play and when can he realistically expect to make the All American Team? What special skills does he have to achieve to be All American?
These and other questions must be answered by the player in detail before he begins his quest for becoming an All American. After he has answered these questions he must now begin to write a plan of action, for practice time, coaching time, weight training time, study time, etc. He must write down and organize himself to the smallest detail for what he needs to achieve and when he will practice to achieve these goals each day. Then he must begin working on his plan, every day without fail, determined and persistent in the pursuit of his goal. If the player remains resolved and keeps his vigorous practice schedule up, there is no reason he cannot make All District, All State and then All American.
The coaches should also have goals and intricate plans of action for the production of the skills they want the members of the team to have. Such things as: How many players should be able to bench 300 lbs. and run the 40 in 4 seconds? How many players of each position should they pursue in recruitment? How many victories do they need to win the conference? How many fumbles would be acceptable each game? (I know none is desired but what is the limit) How many yards should the offense gain, the defense let happen? How many field goals should they get in each specific game? How many touchdowns should they get in each game? How many points should they get? How many points should each player get? What does the asst. coach expect from each player? What does the coach expect from each asst. coach?
These and many many other questions the coaches should ask themselves and answer in detail so they know exactly what they have to get in each game and from each player and under what situations. If they are not sure of certain points they should make it a point to find out exactly what they expect at every possible time and event. Then the coach should write a plan of action and begin to follow it religiously day by day, hour by hour. His time should be devoted to and organized such that he is always making definite progress for his personal and team goals.
Practicing: often the optimal effects are not achieved during the practice session for many various reasons, but every practice session can be extremely productive and rewarding if the players and coaches can learn to relate to this story.
The Japanese women's volleyball team practices 365 days a year, 3 hours a day, and the women are never heard to complain or ever miss a practice. Each practice session is done as if it were before the big game and each player gives 110% each time they practice. That is why they are number 1 in the world. But what attitudes are in the minds of the women as they practice? The answer may surprise you. If you were to walk up to one of the girls and ask her, "How long have you been practicing, when do you get a break, why don't you get a day off?" or any of a dozen other questions that seem to fill the minds of the press and the fans. The answer would be, "I'll be right with you, right now I am playing volleyball." Not "I have been playing for 234 days without a break, I am sick of playing, the coach is mean, I never get a day off, I have been playing 2 hours and only have an hour to go, thank God". But just "I am playing volleyball." You see, the Japanese women have learned to master the art of concentration and because of that their mind is only on the game of volleyball, only on the point at hand not on yesterday's mistakes, tomorrow's practice, or next year's practice.
Not on the coach, but only on the game at that very minute. Extreme, intense, complete concentration on the present moment, at one specific thing. To make the point. Now! So in your practice session, or your game, your mind should not be wandering on when session will be over, or on the last play, or on how big the guy is you're trying to block or tackle, or on how many games you have left, or on your girl friend. You should play one play at a time and use all your concentration and energy and skill to do what you are supposed to be doing in that one particular play. Block that guy, tackle that guy, throw to that guy, only concentrate on that one fact. If you blow it, forget it and begin to concentrate on the next play, and your next block. Make one play at a time, one tackle at a time, and keep your mind concentrated just like the volleyball team.
No other sport in the world generates as much explosive power through movement as does Karate. Weight lifters have a lot of strength, but not the kind that makes for speed and agility, combined with power. Karate has developed techniques that enable people of slight build and small muscle mass to hit so hard and kick so powerfully that they are able to smash through bricks, wood or bodies. How do they get that power and how can you get it? By simply practicing the following exercises:
Hip Movement: most athletes use only the strength of one muscle part. In other words, a boxer hits you with his arms, a weight lifter pushes with his legs or arms, a football player hits you with his elbow or shoulder. They have not learned the tremendous amount of power that can be generated by the use of the entire body, especially the snapping and thrusting of the hips, to generate explosive power. Muscle alone will not be enough power. Imagine a very heavy sledge hammer. The power potential is enormous, but it is so heavy that you cannot swing it with enough speed to generate any force or power. So the huge potential power of the sledge hammer is essentially wasted.
The same is true of many athletes. They have tremendous potential for power but they are too slow or do not use but one body part to generate this power and so reduce their effectiveness many times. The power that can be generated by a body is equal to this formula: P = SxMxBM or Power equals Speed of the movement times the muscular strength behind it times the unified body movement at the time of impact. So we must work to develop speed, coordination and muscle and use all three simultaneously and focus them at the point and instant of contact.
Weight Shifting Exercise: have the partners stand facing each other with the arms on the shoulder of one partner. Now without moving his arms any wider than they already are, one partner must generate a whipping action of the hips and throw the partner to the side. Upon trying to do this, it is easy to see that if one tries to throw him to the side with just his arm strength, he cannot do it. Do this at least 15 times with each partner and practice every day until mastered.
One Inch Punch: using the hips as a power generator and locking the arm in the manner we have learned from the unbendable arm techniques one can develop devastating power from only one inch away from the partner.
Have the partners stand facing each other with one slightly to the side. Place your elbow against the chest of the partner and without drawing your elbow back but by swinging and snapping up from your legs and through your hips explode your speed and force through your elbow and knock the partner backwards.
Elbow on the chest, ready position
Drawing the hips generating power in legs
Perform this exercise at least 15 times and continue daily till you have mastered this hip explosiveness.
Elbow Smashing: often in football the players will hit the opponent in the chest or block him using their elbows to swing up and hit the chest area. There will be a loud noise but usually not much damage. This is because you have very little strength that is available to use to raise your elbows straight up. Once your elbows are the level of the shoulder, they have almost no strength left in them. So to generate the most power from this blow, one should not lift his elbows any higher than the middle of the chest and use his legs and hips for the power generation to explode through the opponent. Simply snap through the legs and pop the hips up, keeping the elbows locked and arms unbendable and your force will be powerful and explosive.
No power in elbows or arms at this height. Notice partner can stop movement. Exploding through the hips and legs, locking arms for maximum power.
The Elbow Smash: often just one elbow is used to hit the opponent, but this elbow loses most of its power if it is used simply as an arm and shoulder swing. If you will snap the hips and thrust the body weight into the strike, keeping the elbow near the body, you will be able to explode through the opponent and create much more power.
Improper elbow smash Hips are back, elbow and shoulder are forward away from body. So you generate no real power.
Proper elbow smashing. Hips thrusting forward, elbow close to body. A unified movement for maximum power.
So to generate the most explosive power, begin to analyze your body positions when you are hitting someone or something and try to get as much of the hip movement and speed plus muscle into the blow as possible. Always exhale your air forcefully at the instant of impact. This allows for more muscle contraction and increased concentration with more power.
Steps in hip and body movement for power. Note the body moves as a unified group, snapping through the hips as the point of contact.
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P.O. BOX 53213 . NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70153 - (S04) 587-4263
September 30, 1977
Mr. Ted Gambordella P. O. Box 1288
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301 Dear Ted:
On behalf of the New Orleans Jazz, I want to thank you for being of great assistance in our pre-season training program. The Jazz put a great deal of emphasis on pre—season training and conditioning and have always been on the lookout for new techniques and new ideas in this area. We were most fortunate to learn of you and persuade you to assist us.
The period of time you spent with our team in pre-season has been invaluable. Your relaxation techniques and stretching muscle exercises are still being done each day by our players. This is the first pre-season period in our short history we have not had the usual muscle pulls and sprains of the past. We can only attribute that to your program.
After you left, I had informal conversations with each of our players concernin; the time spent with you. Each and everyone felt that what you had taught them concerning their bodies and how their bodies react to stress was, not only meaningful, but something they plan to use from here on in. Even though some of our players put more emphasis on different areas of your teachings, each one to a number felt they got something out of each of your sessions. They, the players, are the toughest critics and most difficult to fool when it comes to their bodies. You have passed the test.
We look forward to having you with us next year to work with our players, not only on the techniques that you demonstrated this year, but anything new which you believe will be of help to our team. Thank you once again for your patience, your help and your ideas.
r n FT i on/iohn n iewis Schaftel¿ General Manager
NATIONAL. BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN men's intercollegiate athletics
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78712
Office of Tbt H tad Football Coach
November 3, 1977
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Mr. Ted Gambordella has recently spent time with our football squad. His ideas concerning injury prevention, we feel will be very helpful to our football team. He also has some outstanding programs for flexibility, relaxation and improving leverage and balance points. I definitely feel that adopting Mr. Gambordella's ideas will help our program and we plan to have him continue working with us.
Fred Akers af
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Department of Athletics
AND AGRICULTURAL ANO MECHANICAL COLLEGE
BATON ROUGH • LOUISIANA
Department of Athletics
September 9, 1977
TO WHOM XT MAY CONCERN:
During the past month I have had the opportunity to observe Mr. Ted Gambordella, while he has worked with our basketball players in an advanced fitness and strength class which they are currently enrolled in at L.S.U. He has certainly captured their attention and belief in his fantastic ability of the mastery of the mind.
In my opinion, Ted Gambordella has the possibilities of opening a new dimension in college athletics with many of his techniques and I think can prove to be a fantastic asset to any program.
Ted is most knowledgeable and comes across with an assurance of himself in what he is teaching and has been most impressive to me during the past month. It has been a most worthwhile and educational experience for our L.S.U. basketball players to have worked under Mr. Gambordella and I am confident his theories will pay great dividends to us once the season starts.
If you would like any further information about Mr. Gambordella and his program, please feel free to contact me at any time, as I would be happy to recommend Ted Gambordella and his program to anyone.
Dale D. Brown
Head Basketball Coach
Dale D. Brown
Head Basketball Coach
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.MSU basketball players Melvln Palmer, left, and Henry Crawford observe demonstration
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