Bulgaria hosts Grappling referee educator course
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 12:31 By United World Wrestling Press
Sofia, Bulgaria (August 22) – United World Wrestling hosted the first-ever Grappling Referee Educator Course in Sofia, Bulgaria. The course was held from 12-16 August at the Ramada Hotel in Sofia. The course was conducted prior to the start of the U20 World Championships which was hosted by the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation.
The course was attended by 5 expert Grappling referees. They included Mr. Vito PAOLILLO (ITA), Mr. Richard TADO (USA), Mr. Hrant KOTANJYAN (ARM), Mr. Akim ABDRAKHMANOV (KAZ), and Mr. Gary BIRD (CAN). At the course, they learned various techniques and adult learning principles to help deliver more effective courses. The educators were able to practice and improve those skills directly during the course. “The Educator course was an outstanding experience of Learning. It totally changed my view on how you should run a course to make the participants interested and engaged in the topics. It worked well because being a student in this you see in real time how this new method is working on you during the course and how Zach manage to keep you always active and never bored during the 3 days.” said Vito PAOLILLO. “The UWW Educator Course this week in Sofia, Bulgaria was an amazing experience. Not only from a student’s perspective but it also excelled from educators’ point of view. Our instructor, Zach Errett brought a plethora of knowledge to the course and instructed our class with the highest level of today’s information and respect.” said Richard TADO. “The skills that I got on how to conduct my future courses was important knowledge on how to make people interested and engaged in session.” said Hrant KOTANJYAN.
Participants from the first-ever Grappling Referee Educator Course gather for a photo. (Photo: United World Wrestling)
This educator course was conducted on the first 3 days and was led by Zach Errett, UWW Education Manager. “I was very impressed with this group. They were very open and willing to learn new skills to help them as educators. It was amazing watching them improve each session and apply the principles that were taught during the course. I see great things in the future for the Grappling referees.” Said Zach Errett.
After the educator course completed, the Grappling Referee Educators stayed for 2 additional days to develop materials for their upcoming courses. They were able to discuss best practices and the content that should be covered. This group also had the opportunity to attend part of the U20 World Championships. While there, they observed how the Olympic styles referees work at the competition. This provided a chance to look for ways to improve the referees in Grappling. “I appreciate the continued support from UWW and I’m looking forward to working with all the UWW Federations as we all grow the sport of UWW Grappling across the world.” said Richard Tado.