☆ Certified PTR -10 and Under Instructor.
☆ Certified adult USPTR and USNTA Tennis Instructor. Not a self-taught instructor but a Second Generation Tennis Pro.
☆ Certified USTA Texas Umpire 0fficial.
☆ On to becoming a Sports Psychologist.
☆ I have been ranked in the top 25 in juniors and adults singles in the state of Texas.
☆ I have been in charge of Junior Programs (up to 30 athletes) for several private clubs.
☆ I have taught juniors and adults to achieve their "Personal Best" (Qualifying Juniors, Championship, Super Championship, League Champions and Age Division Champions).
☆ I have been the coach for League Tennis Teams to becoming League Team Winners.
☆ I have worked with high school tennis teams to achieving their "Personal Best."
☆ I have taught the mentally disable (Special Olympics) to achieve their "Personal Best."
☆ I have taught the one armed student to the student that has no legs (Wheelchair Tennis) to achieving their "Personal Best."
PERSONAL NOTE: when taught by a "Certified Instructor" there is less confusion between Certified Instructors, better productivity and less injuries because the Certified Schools (USPTR, USPTA & USNTA only three in the whole world) teach the better strokes!
Some students did become playing pros, others teaching pros, (that's how they got through college, teaching tennis) and others started working for me, teaching tennis.
My advanced game has helped me to teach these athletes a better game, but for the first timers, it is best to think about The Journey (The Journey of Learning), not the outcome. And this "Journey," is best be taken with a Top Professional like myself!
WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER:
With my student(s) permission(s), I do things very differently with my student(s).
▪(Mandatory) I always rally with my student(s) even if they started that first day. No feeding from the top of the net, typically not done.
▪(Mandatory) Every lesson has a written lesson plan and voice recorded for quality control.
▪(Optional) Utilization of Ball Machine and/or/both Radar Gun is readily available.
▪(Optional) The practice partner/parent/guardian/relative/friend is in the lesson for FREE. Why? (To know the instructions given), don't become the Pro when practicing.
▪(Optional) A 8½ by 5½ (TBB) Tennis Booklet Binder ($20 deposit).
▪(Optional) Mental Strength Training: imagery sessions, affirmations are said, documents are read and so on, put in the (TBB).
▪(Optional) Graph Charting to see progress, put in the (TBB).
▪(Optional) Teaching of the Rules and Regulations and The Code of Tennis through multiple choice questions, put in the (TBB).
▪(Optional) Student(s) write up their experiences in the (TBB) Journal Section and write up their own notes.
▪(Optional) An evaluation of students' personalities and motor skills through a simple personality test and test results are printed out and put into the (TBB) or just give it to you.
▪(Optional) Student(s) are shown how to do Tennis Workouts between lessons or the T-Workouts are done in the lessons.
▪(Optional) Progress Reports after a series of tennis lessons put in the (TBB) or just give it to you.
▪(Optional) Certificates and Awards are given out, once student(s) move up to the next level, put in the (TBB) or just give it to you.
This way of teaching tennis has been very productive for me since 1974 of teaching tennis. And I have develop great "happy" tennis players, because of it.
RP COMMENT: if you don't want to be taught this way partly or fully, let me know. It's your lesson, not mine!
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PERSONAL OPINION ABOUT MYSELF:
I see myself as a grassroot instructor. For some instructors, they are given great players but for me, I believe I can create the great player from the beginning and "I have"!
TENNIS PEDAGOGICS: First and foremost, the teaching of how it's done is crucial to learning the game of tennis. "I don't believe you can build a great mansion (your game) with an inferior hammer and tools (your strokes)!" After that comes the teaching of the mental game and tennis stratagem.
[MYTHS AND FACTS] OF LEARNING THE GAME OF TENNIS:
MYTH: Tennis is so easy, anybody can do it.
"This is a myth, because tennis is five or six sports into to one, very difficult to learn. But don't get me wrong, it still can be accomplished by a very young person or by anybody with the right PTR certified instructor, like myself!"
FACT: Tennis can go well beyond it just being a game.
"Yes most certainly, tennis will keep you in shape for the rest of your life and can be played in old age. And most importantly, with the right instructor, you will learn to be mentally tougher; on and off the court. It could be a life-changing experience!"
MYTH: Every instructor will teach you the same strokes and coach you the same way.
"No, not every instructor teaches the same way. It's mainly because the 'real' correct strokes are difficult to teach. Other instructors will cop out, and teach an easier, an inferior stroke, not realizing the stroke will be ingrained in their student's muscle memory and be hard to change later. For example: for the service motion, your instructor teaches you to use a forehand grip and to pull the racket straight back and straightforward with a low toss of the ball hitting the ball with all arm over the head. This is not the correct way of serving and will probably create rotator cuff, wrist and arm injuries. Check with a certified PTR instructor like myself or watch usta.com videos in slow motion to find the 'real' service motion".
FACT: Playing tennis "any which way" (improper strokes) will eventually create injuries and most importantly inhibit your performance (your happiness) in the game of tennis.
"Yes, I've seen grown adults barely hitting the ball over the net because of their improper strokes, handcuffing them from their real potential. Also, yes, to the injuries, especially these days, the false belief that they need to hit the ball with more topspin (more wrist) creating wrist and arm problems. There is a better, more superior way of hitting the ball".
MYTH: The (formerly the number one player) Roger Federers' of this world were born mentally tough.
"Yes this is a myth, no one was ever born mentally tough, it had to have been taught to them. The unfortunate reality is very seldom you will have an instructor teaching mental toughness but it's quite obvious that everyone needs it! I am one of the few that teaches mental toughness, of course with your permission. And even without your permission it is there, because, I believe it needs to be there, if you want a good game!"
FACT: It is very important to be taught the game of tennis correctly.
"Yes this is a very good fact because of the 'Injury Factor'. And to go further, the main reason, in my opinion, why American Tennis is going downhill because improper, inferior instructions are being taught. There are too many 'social' instructors that don't teach anything at all. Too many 'drill' instructors giving you a good drill but nothing is said about the strokes".
MYTH: My instructor shows me (the path) the swing of my racket in making contact with the ball. This is the main reason why I'm getting better at tennis.
"This is a myth, think about it... the contact with the ball, is your grip(s) (how you are holding the the racket) has a lot to do with your success in making contact with the ball successfully. In other words, the contours of your wrist can only move a certain way enabling you to hit the ball a certain way. And what could happen is the ball could be hit with under-spin because of the improper grip(s). If there is no mentioning of the grip(s), (the way you're holding it). I would just not walk away but 'run away', (make sure to get your money back) from an instructor that doesn't talk about the grip(s) and changing the grip(s)".
FACT: A person needs balance between work and play, with work mandatory and with play (your health), achieving true happiness does happen.
"Yes you probably can get away with it, work all day long and everyday and say that you're happy, but look at it a different way... if your body is not healthy from healthy activities like Tennis. You won't be able to add ten more years to your life to spend all that money you're making".
MYTH: Students of the game are able to rally (hit the ball back and forth) with their new learned strokes as quickly as learning team sports (swimming, basketball, soccer and so on).
"This is a myth, especially because the instructors never talks about the stages of getting into the automatic stage. This is muscle memory and you need to do the stages 'quite precisely' to move on to the automatic stage of muscle memory. This is when you're doing the stroke over and over again correctly and getting it over the net consistently. For example: I had a phone call from a mother the other day telling me her son knows how to play and can rally the ball because he's been playing for the last three years with other instructors that's been feeding balls from the top of the net. I tested him and he couldn't rally two balls in a row and he had no real form. This is a good example of a person not going through the proper steps of muscle memory".
FACT: I, Robert Perez, tennis instructor, is not out to make Tennis Pros out of his student(s) unless the student(s) wants me to.
"By reading this you might get the impression that I'm out to make you a Pro, not to say that I haven't. The bottom line is this: It's whatever you want to do with the game, that's your business. I'm only here to teach the best way I know how and finding more and better ways of teaching this game. I've heard it a thousand of times in the previous years: 'I don't really want to learn this way. I'm only here to have fun. I'm not trying to become a Pro!' And my reply: This is the way it's done, the strokes are difficult to learn but can be learned'. This illusion in some people that the game of tennis is easily learned, has been taken advantage of in some Pros in teaching there students very little, keeping up with this illusion, with inferior strokes. Proving one thing: 'You can do this any which way you can and still get it over the net!' but it's not the correct way for maximum performance. This fact eventually catches up to the students and along the way some drop out and the others eventually obtains the knowledge of the correct tennis strokes".
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Meeting new people and chasing every ball down :). And I get some exercise at the same time, I teach because I rally with the new students, even if they started today. Chasing every ball down is what I like doing. I don't feed the balls from the top of the net like some other instructors. I like to make the situation real and teach them the correct strokes.
Great communication and prompt for lessons. Learning a lot.
User friendly and super fast to match students with instructors
I had a very thorough first lesson with Robert where he both showed me the basic techniques and exercises. I am looking forward to continue the training with him and follow my progress.
Robert is excellent with working through the stroke mechanics to provide the foundation for improvement. He did a great job showing my daughters what was needed for an effective serve. He broke it down to manageable pieces and then brought it all together. Just what was needed for my 10 year olds.
The typical progress with working with new students would depend on the progress they already have, if any. Beginners, Intermediates or Advanced Player would typically start with the form, if it needs to be changed or not and then the tennis stratagem and then the mental game. "I don't believe you can build a great mansion (your game) with an inferior hammer and tools (your strokes)!"
College courses, certifications (the schools that certify you and "teach you how to teach" and the (plus) of working with different personalities, different situation. Situations meaning: Tourette syndrome students, wheelchair students and the other medical or mental disabilities and most importantly the different personalities have ran into. I call that "education", different personalities.
The pricing system is easy, the more you buy (package of lessons) the cheaper it becomes per hour. Quote me a price and I'll see what I can do.
I was 11 years old, (I have been playing since I was 4) this 35 year old man (advanced player) ask me to hit the ball with him at Memorial Tennis Center (where my dad was the pro for 16 years) I beat him easily. And one thing led to another, to my surprise, he asked me to teach him but I really got started at 18 teaching 10 and under kids about 4 to 6 of them.
Tourette Syndrome students
Down syndrome students
Emotionally disturbed students for example: bad-tempered students, ADHD students, hypertension student, to name a few
And the normal student
Fond of all of them, but this particular student named Max (12 year old boy), which I enjoyed teaching immensely and he really improved a lot but he was dying of terminal cancer. He wasn't able to enjoy or see his 13th birthday.
Look at the coaches background (how many years teaching?) (who has he been teaching?) (is he a compassionate tennis coach?) (is he a certified coach?).
Also look for the obvious (is he fluent in English?) and (can he speak a different language, your language?).
Look at what he teaches maybe go to his classes look for his temperament (is he patient?) (is he teaching you anything at all or does he just want to play?) and if he does teach you (is he concerned about your grips?).
I consider the grips the most important part of teaching the correct form!
Just because he's a great player! Doesn't mean he can teach.
Questions? Everything and anything. If he's a knowledgeable coach he should know everything about the game and everything associated with the game. Especially the obvious, the rules and regulations and "The Code of Tennis".
It baffles me, so many coaches don't know The Code of Tennis. This is exactly what your playing under when you're playing a friendly match, adult and junior tournaments and adult and junior leagues.
The Code is the unwritten rules of tennis. Find it at usta.com under The Friend of Court.
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