Tuesday 12 December 2017

Could Kavanagh help 'Dermo' keep his cool?

Big ball...small ball

SBG Gym owner John Kavanagh.
SBG Gym owner John Kavanagh.

Every time the best GAA players take to the pitch they know they will be subjected to special attention; it happened to DJ Carey, likewise Peter Canavan and most recently Diarmuid Connolly, who is serving a 12-week ban for pushing linesman Ciaran Branagan.

There might be a unique solution to stay cool under pressure, however, with Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh (pictured) revealing to the Herald that he would be "honoured" to help Connolly keep his emotions in check.

MMA coach Kavanagh, who regularly trains with Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney and coached Kildare a few times during McGeeney's time with the Lilywhites, feels Brazilian jiu-jitsu may have a calming effect on the Dublin ace.

"He knew what the consequences of his actions were and yet couldn't control himself, so as a coach I'd see that as a worrying trait. I would encourage him to do something about it. Training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, would that help? Maybe," Kavanagh said.

"Kieran said it is a great tool for learning how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations and maybe that would help that player. But that's between him and his coach.

"The door is always open to somebody to come in and learn, so if he would like to come in and give it a go, I would be very honoured to give him a lesson."

Irish Independent

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