Comment from: Jason Robillard [Visitor]
Jason Robillard

James- quick note about my original post... it wasn't directed at VB. I wrote a follow-up post here expressing my love for VB and Saxby- they GET what we're trying to do:

http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2011/09/06/a-follow-up-on-the-barefoot-running-coach-certification-issue/

Saxby's work is exceptional and adds tremendous value to the body of existing knowledge. You're right, my issue isn't with what is taught, it's with the idea of certification in general. Certification is neither a valid or reliable predictor of competence. In short, merit can be bought. I believe there are better methods to train coaches and assess competence.

OT, but kudos for taking steps to educate yourself! ;-)

11/01/11 @ 22:51
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]
Dan

Good report, but I'm more interested to see Erwan Le Corre there - founder of MovNat and follower of the Methode Naturelle. Great work from him adding another string to his bow.
Will you be looking to coach and give out tips or just self coaching?

11/02/11 @ 07:27
Comment from: james [Member]  

@Dan As I'm still working toward my certification, I can't say for sure what I'll ultimately do with this new knowledge. For now, I know I'm a better runner for attending the course, and I certainly can offer better advice to those who ask. I was pleasantly surprised to see Erwan too. It was great to get to know him as he brought an interesting perspective to our learning -- he's also made the course that much more fun!

11/02/11 @ 08:09
Comment from: Brandon Mulnix [Visitor]  
Brandon Mulnix

James,
Its hard to know what you are doing wrong when you have no one to tell you what you are doing wrong. You can read all the books in the world on barefoot running, and watch all the Youtube videos you want, but without a third party perspective... You just don't know what you are doing wrong.

I still can't figure it out. I have been running for just over a year minimalist and barefoot, but still find myself getting new aches and pains. Sometimes I figure out what is going on, most of the time I don't.

I am glad you had a positive experience at the coaching clinic. Its people like yourself that will actually leave with the knowledge and put it into action. Most people will pay the money, learn, but never put it into action.

Thanks!

11/02/11 @ 18:27
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]
Dan

Hello again,
my unfuddled brain wanted to apologise; I didn't mean to dismiss your article at all and really enjoyed reading it James. It's tempted me to look at going to London for coaching - which is easier for me being a brit.
Thanks for a great write up.

11/03/11 @ 04:56
Comment from: Angie Bee [Visitor]  
Angie Bee

Welcome to the coaching team!!
I am learning so much after the coaching door has been opened!
Cheers,
Angie

11/03/11 @ 17:34
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]
Dan

On the Movnat site there is a review of the same course by Erwan.

http://movnat.com/vivobarefoot-running-certification-by-lee-saxby/

It's not as in depth as the review here by James, but it's just as positive. I've got to get me along to one of these sessions!

11/10/11 @ 11:14
Comment from: Elizabeth [Visitor]
Elizabeth

What Angie said! Welcome to the team!! I have been coaching a lot and it's pretty amazing how much change you can see in just one session!

11/16/11 @ 20:37