Coaching Happy Olympians with Canadian National Team Coach David Kikuchi

In today’s episode of the PerformHappy podcast, I am thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with the remarkable Canadian National Team Coach, David Kikuchi. A two-time Olympian himself and the guiding force behind Ellie Black’s journey to three Olympics, Kikuchi is widely recognized as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The King of Consistency.” Join me as we delve into his extraordinary career and explore the invaluable lessons he shares on achieving greatness in sports.

David Kikuchi’s achievements in the world of gymnastics are nothing short of legendary. Hitting 49 out of 49 successful routines in five World Championships, Kikuchi has not only proven his prowess as an athlete but has also carved a niche for himself as a distinguished coach. His dedication to the sport is evident through the numerous accolades earned by his athletes, most notably with Ellie Black’s impressive Olympic journey.

What sets this episode apart is the insight it provides into Kikuchi’s coaching philosophy. He exemplifies that greatness is not achieved through strict discipline alone but through cultivating a culture of patience, love, and kindness. Aspiring athletes and coaches alike will find invaluable lessons on how to foster a positive and supportive environment, ultimately leading to success in and out of the gym.

David Kikuchi’s journey and insights serve as a beacon of inspiration for anyone striving to excel in gymnastics pursuits. Join us on this enlightening exploration of the mind and heart of a coach who has not only shaped champions but has done so with a spirit of unwavering positivity.

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and David Kikuchi talk about:

Mastering Consistency and Trust in Gymnastics.

David’s Top Tips on Trust, Competitions, and Mental Resilience.

The Patient Approach to Coaching Gymnastics.

Tailoring Coaching Approaches for Gymnast Goals.

Overcoming Mental Blocks in Gymnastics.

How Olympians Ellie Black Navigated Tricky Gymnastics Skills and Mental Blocks.

Strategies for Coaching Gymnasts with Mental Blocks.

“Gymnastics is an insanely hard sport, and you’re trying to do it to the best of your abilities, you’re pushing yourself, it’s hard, this is normal. If it were just breezing through everything all the time, you’re probably in the wrong level.” – David Kikuchi