Be A Sport Superstar
Are you an good at a sport? Many of us are. But few of us would consider outselves
athletes, much less champion athletes. Most of us lack the skill and dedication it takes to become a sport super
star. The best athletes in their sports carve a niche in the hall of fame for all time. They even make their game a
household word; even non-sports lovers know about them and their sport. Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth, Tom Brady, just to
name a few.
But have you ever stopped to consider what goes into the making of a sports
THE REAL ATHLETE
We often picture athletes as trim people clad in sporty get-ups, feet fitted with
the latest running shoes, and under strict training for an upcoming sports event. These are "athletic players" and
most are sponsored by big-time companies. They are out there to win and they try hard to do so. Though champions,
most of them are not yet mature enough to understand why they are athletes. They just know that their pay check and
sponsorship hangs in the balance if they don't do well.
Then there is another breed of athlete who is not only athletic but his heart and
soul are genuinely in the sport. His life revolves around his sport. Though in and out of formal training for
official events, he is always in self-training. Once an ace athlete, always an ace athlete; a real call to
athletics is irrevocable. You not only train hard but, as the jests say, you die training.
But to be sure, the first step to becoming an ace athlete is to be an athlete
first and decide to remain an athlete for life. You must determine with your heart and mind what sport you are
going to pursue for the rest of your life.
Birth of an athlete
The moment you fall in love with a sport activity, the athlete in you is born. It
starts in your mind. You may have read a sports book or an item in the sports section of a newspaper, or have
watched a sports event in the TV or movies when you became interested or, at least, attracted to such sport. Your
admiration may not be contained to just seeing the thing, but it may have stirred up your imagination and you may
have actually began to see yourself doing the feat and becoming a champion at it. You may have researched more
about the sports game, bought the equipment you need, and started on a journey to carve out a niche for yourself in
the hall of fame.
Some abort their sports inclination by becoming mere sports fans. They love sports
and sports heroes, but they seldom practice the game. Some people may call them "athletic" because of their
familiarity with and interest in the subject, but they are nothing more than sports fans.
A sports fan who is actually an athlete inside will soon work his way out to
become the sportsman he admires and even excel at it. He will strive hard to outdo his previously accomplished
feats. This he does for life, with or without formal competitions.
If you decide to engage in a particular sports career, start to "grow up" in it,
acquire new and higher levels of skills and agility (swift mind and body coordination), and later become mature in
the game. Hard training separates men from boys (or women from girls), and you will soon become known as a
competent player. You will no longer be regarded as an awkward neophyte in terrible want of speed, form, and
accuracy, but you will be able to combine grace, precision, and lightning pace without much effort. You will be
able to judge and decide maturely in the game. Soon, you will find yourself the chosen bet of a special group, and
regular competition will hone your skills to mastery. That's when you begin to train other aspirants to be like
you. From being a "newly born," you become a "father."
Real athletes must be
Having a coach to see and guide you through a competition is not enough to be an ace
athlete. Someone must coach you until you reach mastery. That someone ought to be a real athlete himself, coached
or "fathered" through a long process by a qualified "father" in athletic training.
A "father" in training is a battle-hardened master armed with a wealth of experience
in his chosen field. He is not only knowledgeable in it; he can be considered an epitome in the field. He has seen
lots of actions and has been part of them, and he knows every nook and cranny of the arena. He is so familiar with
the "feeling" of being out there where the action is. He knows that real sports encounters are alive; meaning
anything can happen out there, and no pattern or formula can compare to live, on-the-spot events. It is only the
accurate judgment and experience of the wise that can cope up with live events. He is also so sensitive to the
right and wrong forms, including the executions of a technique, the timing, and the right effects. All these can
only be available to a real "father" of sports training.
Some coaches are mere P.E. teachers, or at best, athletic players once upon a time.
They can help some; but at times, they can be more of hindrances than wise guides for trainees. They will tend to
be bookish and stick to "what the book says," or to what they have learned in school, or to what they have
experienced in amateur contests. Without mastery (through real, professional sports encounters), they lack the
sense to know that aside from mastering basic forms or moves, you have to be flexible and adaptable to unexpected
things that are likely to happen out there in the actual arena. Only seasoned sports "fathers" will be able to
divulge these details and wisdom to trainee-"sons."
In his skills and experience, a "father" trainer patiently raises up "sons" to
continue his calling, or pass down his mission to succeeding generations. He knows too well that champions come
from a relay of skills and wisdom, or a technology transfer, and not from those who start out from
You cannot train yourself, or train alone, and come out champion. You cannot also
have amateur coaches train you to be champion. You have to feed from the experiences of those who had been there
before, saw real tough actions, and really made it to the top. They may be likened to a lighthouse that points out
what is right and what is wrong, separating fact from myth.
An athletic player acquires knowledge and skill mostly from his own experiences.
He may upgrade that by joining competitions and by wearing colorful uniforms, and subjecting himself periodically
to coaches. He occasionally reads books about the game. He may even be awarded best player. However, he does not
make a career out of it. Eventually, he drops out from the scene and the sport altogether. He will have good
stories to tell about how he used to be this and that, but people may not be able to trace his stories because of
his now bloated physique due to the absence of training.
An ace athlete, on the other hand, is a "son." He has a "father" who raises him
up, and this athlete is aware that he is not just being raised up to win an event or a couple of events; he is
being raised up to be a father to raise up other sons someday. Unlike the athletic player who would point to rusted
trophies and medals and photos of victories as his proof of being once in the sport, real athletes point to actual
"fathers" who have trained them and from whom they have received "trade secrets" for success. They also point to
actual athletes and champions they have personally trained and "fathered" to pass on the heritage for generations
An ace athlete not only aims to be a champion, but lives to develop other
An ace athlete's philosophy: "The kind of champion you raise up is dependent on
the kind of champion you are."
The drive to bring out the champion in himself and in others separates the ace
athlete from mere athletic players. The philosophy is that,
This philosophy ought to be in your heart and mind always to bring out the ace
athlete in you. You must strive to be the best you can be so that what you produce later in others will be the same
as, if not better than, you. Hence, you must train for life. You must increase your level of excellence so as not
to compromise the quality of the athletes you will train.
You may ask, "How can you excel in training and produce quality athletes when you
get old?" You never get old by training others. That's why many "retired" professional sportsmen write books. Or,
they start gyms where their "sons" train others, and they assume supervisory roles. They share their wise counsels
in old age. Through these legacies, they are, in a sense, still in training, still excelling, and still training
others. They become legends, living or otherwise. These are the ace athletes or sportsmen who really "die
training." They really contribute significantly to their chosen field of sports not only in their lifetime, but
Without the above philosophy, you will just end up a fruitless, spent, and forgotten
used-to-be in sports. You are reading this precisely because you do not want to end up like this. As long as you
live the philosophy of an ace athlete, you will not. How can you excel and
outdo your own excellence as time passes? How can you contribute significantly to your sport? Read on…