I am Sensei Adam Rostocki, The Chronic Pain Coach. When we are working together, the only thing in the world that matters to me is helping you to improve your life.
Working as a team, we will identify problems, set goals, strategize your action steps, implement your plans for improvement and strive towards success. We will also evaluate your progress, re-strategize any plan that does not work for you and measure your achievements by their ability to satisfy your motivations for change.
I first began coaching in martial arts and fitness, as an instructor and mentor to my many students all around the globe. I have taught throughout Asia and The United States, having run several schools, including The Combined Martial Arts Institute and The Inner Dragon Schools of Self Defense. I have been very lucky to have great opportunities within the martial arts sector and have prospered from the knowledge imparted to me by some of the best instructors in the world. My personal accomplishments pale to the gifts given to me by my teachers.
As a young man, I deferred to my instructors for guidance on life problems. Soon, I realized that many of my students would come to me for advice regarding matters which did not pertain to martial arts or fitness. Instead, many came to me with requests for guidance on life issues. I understood the trust involved in martial arts relationships and sought to help my students in any way possible. I was a product of expert coaching and wanted to serve my students even better than I had been served. This is how I found life coaching. It was not a path I selected, as much as it was a path that was selected for me by the needs of my beloved students.
It is worth mentioning that the process of growing within the martial arts relies heavily on coaching. Instructors can not achieve for their students; they merely challenge them and provide the skills needed for self expression within the parameters of the style. In order to advance to the next level, every student must be able to move other students up to the level where they now occupy, so that they are, by default, promoted to a higher position. Instructors must also mentor their students to become teachers to the students below them in formal rank. Therefore, teaching the process of coaching is just as important as doing it yourself.
The coaching path is inherent to the martial arts, where students must be given the tools to live better, not just for learning self defense. Martial arts training is about teaching students to become ever-improving versions of themselves. Progress towards this goal never ends.
Coaching is a fundamental skill taught within the martial arts and is fostered in a learn-by-doing environment. Everyone knows the discipline it takes to reach high levels of martial arts training. This type of commitment and achievement is only possible through the utilization of expert coaching skills. Everyone also knows that martial arts helps to build character, create resilience, empower personal development and foster the setting and achievement of goals over a lifetime of work.
The martial way is the coaching way. They are inseparable.
In 2006, I founded The Cure Back Pain Network, a patient advocacy organization that runs 12 free patient education websites to help back and neck pain sufferers, as well as people who suffer from a diversity of chronic pain issues and mindbody disorders.
I also created a company called SAR Research and Statistics Ltd, that has revealed many of the problems faced by patients in the chronic pain sector. These problems are analyzed first hand, since the company distributes and analyzes health service surveys, treatment satisfaction results and other healthcare questionnaires that are reported directly from the patient.
I should mention at some point that I am also a chronic pain sufferer. My story has been widely told in the media. I have suffered terrible back and neck symptoms since the age of 16. This is my 3rd decade of living in pain and I never felt better. Sure, pain is not fun. There is no denying this. However, there is so much more to life to make the pain seem far less important. I currently live with 12 herniated discs in my spine, arthritis and bad scar tissue from various injuries to my knees, hands and wrist. I function quite well, despite the pain. I mention all this in passing, since my pain does not define who I am, despite its severity, longevity or the limitations it creates.
Coaching is about life experience. I have been trained by the very best. However it is my personal experience with pain that has most shaped my skills. It was the feeling of empathy that eventually moved me to work exclusively with people just like myself. I have created my coaching program to address the healthcare deficiencies that are known to fail the vast majority of people suffering chronic pain and illness. I choose to work with sick, injured and pained people because I want them to live better.
I want to help you to live better. I don’t suffer with chronic pain; I live with it.
My Promises To You
I will support you.
I will advocate for you.
I will inspire you.
I will help you to achieve self sufficiency.
I will help you to help yourself.
I will provoke you in positive ways.
I will never give up on you.