When the Student is Ready the Teacher Will Appear
Just in case you thought that Conor McGregor was some self-taught prodigy, it’s time you knew about his teacher. John Kavanagh has been working with Conor for 10 years, and has had a lot to do with his success. His training style and family atmosphere in his gym are things that Conor covets and appreciates.
His follows a method of coaching he describes as “Socratic” in nature. It involves asking questions rather than dictating actions. He feels that asking the fighters to participate in the learning process allows them to absorb more of the results of the lesson. McGregor must do a self-analysis after each fight and determine things that he believes he did right and wrong prior to hearing from his trainer what he thinks.
Training Conor has been good for Kavanagh too. Over the last 12 years, he says he has picked up around 80-90 members total. Since Conor’s rise to superstardom, he has had to move to a new location with increased capacity to handle the 400 members he has now.