Sport and Professionalism (1) The prologue

 “Sport and professionalism” is the keynote speech of Willem Visser, International Lecturer 8th Dan Judo IJF, at the International Congress, Sport Science and Research Institute Tehran; (9/11 – 12/11 2020). We will publish the work in several deliveries.

  • The capture definitions is about this complicated phenomena. 

  •  The capture history is about the development of sport in historic perspective ending in this century. 

  •  The capture sport and professionalism describes a number of phenomena of this unique and special combination. 

  •  The capture leadership is about good leadership, “professional leadership” .

  •  And in the capture ‘coaching and leadership by coaching’ the modern methods of coaching will be mentioned and explained. 

The definitions of sport make clear that sport and physical education have tremendous values: physically, psychologically, mentally, socially, etc. all seen in relation with building up and developing character and personality. 

The definition of professionalism includes the threats of sport: 

“Cool, hard, pitiless and calculating” (one of the definitions) can lead to excesses as we all know. 

But building up, developing and using the own identity, the own power, dynamics, innovation and creativity (the common values) will give sport and professionalism the great value. 

Professionalism in the definition of being “specialist, honest, to be able and willing to cooperate” will be a guarantee for the high value of professional sport. 

Living according to the Judo principle: 

“coming to an optimal development of all potential human forces, based on integrity, humility, respect, patience and compassion for benefit and general well-being” 

will justify the existence of the unique phenomenon sport and professionalism. 

Willem Visser

Executive coach, Strategic Adviser, International Lecturer; 8th Dan Judo IJF

With gratitude to all my teachers, specialists, colleagues and especially all the judoka that I was allowed to guide and to coach. 

Sources and inspiring professionals: 

Van der Horst, Cobben, Abe, Saitoh, Yamashita, Uemura, Sugawara, Murata, Hosokawa, Komata, Takahashi, Nakamura, Kasuga, Kawashima, Kariya, Brousse, Besson, Rougé, Ruska, Geesink, de Cree, Barta, Vachun, Viser, Lascau, McConnell, Snijders, Sins, Hoogendijk, Boersma, Odinot, van Dijk, Klok, Agúndez, Landsberg, Covey, de Waal, DeCaluwe, Drucker, Franzen, Goldratt, Hammer, Kets de Vries, Kotler, Mastenbroek, Mintzberg, Peters, Porter, Quinn, ten Bos, Trompenaars, Vinke, Weggeman, Wissema and many others.