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The curse of the blue belt and the pyramid of needs
In past articles, I wrote about the curse of the blue belt
and the many reasons why people quit training
after the blue belt.
In this article, I would like to introduce
the concept of the pyramid of needs.
Yes, it sounds like an Indiana Jones movie
It is about understanding what drives the
students and at what stage of the pyramid each individual is at.
Therefore you can understand their needs
and help them.
You will be able to retain them by helping
them reaching to the different layers of the pyramid.
Instead of expecting them to fit in your
Everyone is different.
You cannot create a unique mould for all your students.
What is the pyramid of needs?
It is actually called the
"Maslow'shierarchy of needs is a
theory in psychology proposed by AbrahamMaslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human
Motivation" in Psychological Review.Maslowsubsequently
extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His
theories parallel many other theories of human developmental
psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages
of growth in humans.Maslowused the terms
"physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and
"love", "esteem", "self-actualization", and
"self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations
generally move through."
I do not think we can do
much in that part. However, there is couple of cases which come in mind. Jose
Also moved to theFavelasof Rio in order to trainBJJat NovaUnio, the instructor realised that he was hungry and fed him.
Also,Jacarewas rescued from the
streets by hisBJJinstructor as he ran away
from the local mafia from his town.
Level 2 is Safety
This is where martial
arts come to play. The need of the individual to feel safe and therefore seek
to protect themselves by learning a martial art. How manyBJJgyms are just interested
into sport only and are not interested in self-defence?
Level 3 is love and belonging
This is whereBJJstrives the best at. They
actually go overboard sometimes. But a strong feeling of friendship, team and
family is present to mostBJJgyms. It is a great
feeling and intoxicating. The team is stronger than the individuals. Sometimes
people do not want to leave their gym in fear to be labelled as a traitor.
"All humans have a
need to feel respected; this includes the need to haveself-esteemand self-respect. Esteem presents the
typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People often engage
in a profession or hobby to gain recognition. These activities give the person
a sense of contribution or value. Low self-esteem or aninferiority complexmay result from imbalances during this
level in the hierarchy. People with low self-esteem often need respect from
others; they may feel the need to seek fame or glory. However, fame or glory
will not help the person to build their self-esteem until they accept who they
are internally. Psychological imbalances such asdepressioncan hinder the person from obtaining a
higher level of self-esteem or self-respect"