Edwards makes coaching mark
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
OLYMPIAN Kenneth Edwards Edwards, renowned for his performances on tae kwon do mats around the world, has been making his mark as a coach, guiding Jason McKay to a masters silver at the New York International Taekwon-Do Federation Open at the weekend.
When not on the mat these days, Edwards is either at ringside or staging seminars with participants eager to learn from Jamaica's top martial artist.
McKay, who fights on the ITF and International Sport Karate Association circuits in North America, is being coached by Edwards as he seeks to accumulate points to retain a spot on Jamaica's combined martial arts team.
"I have been coaching full time for the last year, and it is something I will do after I have finished competing," Edwards said yesterday.
"I had my first sparring seminar at GC Foster College in August. I have been coaching and doing seminars, in conjunction with being an athlete.
"At the World Cup in Montego Bay, I coached Marc Akda, who won gold in junior lightweight sparring. He is a pupil of Alvin Bernard and a member of the US national team," he added.
"I have been invited to Argentina to do a sparring seminar there. We're ironing out the details, me and Mark Trotter of New Zealand. It is something that will take hold, moving forward, in my career," he said, adding that fighters lean heavily on their coaches.
"When you train a particular athlete, it's good to be at ringside. You know what the fighter is capable of. For example, Bernard is always my favourite coach. We have a great relationship. In martial arts, it's always good to have a coach at ringside who knows an athlete."