Work Methodology

The TBBH Methodology – (Training to Be a Better Human)


TBBH Methodology was started in 2005 by Professor João Bastos and has been developed over the last 10 years.

It is aimed at adolescents (youngsters between 12 and 19 years old), as this is a vulnerable period in the life of these individuals, the lack of order or control by authority as a whole and its values, reveals a portrait of a society called the “The Modern” in crisis.

We believe that each person can develop their potential, but for this, it is necessary to know yourself first to perceive the difference in your life. This is why TBBH Methodology allows athletes to reach their highest achievable limit (in a responsible way) for growth of body, mind and soul.  For this, it is essential to be absolutely transparent with the athletes.  Develop and strengthen the individuals own strengths.  Know their weaknesses and seek to minimize them.

Within the ramifications that the TBBH methodology has, 3 teaching models are present.  They are:

Traditional, Behavioural and Humanistic Models.

As discipline is at the heart of the whole process, the traditional model seeks to instil habits into the athletes through coaching.

In the behavioural model, the TBBH Methodology seeks to teach the individual through the sharing of knowledge  not only the importance of winning in the tournaments, but also to make them (athletes) seek internal improvement, through this they will see a transformation of their environment and experience a better quality of life.

Consequently, with the sum of the first two, the humanistic model is developed almost automatically. Because, to achieve our goals, we must have discipline and demand the best of ourselves.  Without discipline, commitment, patience, focus and dedication it is difficult for things to be achieved without great effort.  As we grow, we not only make our own decisions, but we also face the consequences of our actions.  Before we think about competition with others, we should focus on achieving internal victory.  Overcome and demonstrate that we are able to achieve every goal we set ourselves.  Whether they are in the short, medium or long term.

"I demand results knowing that they are possible, I was also an athlete and student and I went through the same situations that my swimmers will experience.

So what I do is condition the bodies and train the minds.”

Prof. Joao Bastos

“Mens sana in corpore sano”

"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" is a well-known Latin thought meaning “A sound mind in a sound body”.  It has been repeated for many generations throughout the world in order to consolidate among men the need to care for body and mind equally.

The TBBH methodology begins at this point, but in a deeper way.  It is not just about creating a top athlete, but also about transforming the person.  Get them to realize how great they can be.

It is not enough just to have the "Corpore Sano" developed through arduous dedication and training in the pool and gym.  Equally important are the victories that are derived from study, with books, through learning, being present and participating in the classroom.  It is through these demands that sport, as a starting point has become a differentiated and intelligent reference for all those who work and experience education in its solid state.

We always believe that sport complements life skills training.  While participating in sports, we learn to work better as a team.  In tournaments we realize our own strengths and limitations.  With continuous ongoing training, we develop in ourselves discipline, patience, greater excellence and responsibility.

We can see that in many parts of the world, several teachers, who are currently trying to exercise leadership in Physical Education, are not prepared for it.

First, they do not like working with people, do not care about them, see them often as an object for them ("teachers") to achieve their goals and therefore often do not.

Second, working on personal relationships is vital. The so-called feed backs be they physical or psychological are vital and of the utmost importance.

Some are afraid of criticizing or of being seen as the "bad guys" of the club or school, preferring to get along with teenagers. While others believe that this term can only be used when something goes wrong, or when the desired results are not being reached.

How many coaches do we see in schools and clubs that have wonderful strategies and do not know how to implement them?

They have the strategies but don’t know how to run the training.

The leader needs to teach and guide and show the athlete that everything is possible and that you are in the team throughout the learning process.

Coaches need to be living examples and leaders because they are transformers of the people and environment in which they live and for that, they need to seek their self-knowledge and know the people with whom they relate to help them develop and make them successful.

The athlete can not be afraid of the victory or defeat, because then, it will also end up creating insecurity in the people with whom he lives.  It is necessary to try, because freed from fear, he will be an example to follow.

The most important thing is to know that we will not get anywhere if we do not aspire to something greater.  No matter the starting point.

The great difference that we educators make in each other's lives is to know that behind a gesture, a word or an act, there is a human being who deserves our trust.  It is necessary to believe beyond outer appearances. Be tireless in helping the other to seek a better life.

Failure is never an option. Failure encompasses everything reaches everyone, it even depresses the people we love.

Overcoming failure benefits a large number of people as it is a source of inspiration.

To improve living conditions there is no other way than to believe that it is possible to go further and roll up your sleeves and do your best in what you are doing.

What makes the difference is the vision and the will to reach the finish point.

It is necessary to work hard, to fight, finally, to swim like a champion.

Never give up!

This is not only my methodology of work, it is also my philosophy of life.

"I love the challenges, since as an athlete, businessman and coach they have always been part of my life.  A leader is forever stimulated and encouraged by challenges, if not, his life is meaningless."

Prof. Joao Bastos

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