Mat Hudson

Mat Hudson

  • Co-Founder of SwimMastery
  • Senior Coach
  • Coach Instructor
Location:   Portland and Salem, Oregon USA
Email:   [email protected]
Phone:   +1.971.720.5911
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About Mat Hudson

I began as a competitive swimmer in high school over 30 years ago, and then evolved into an Olympic-distance triathlete in my college years. I withdrew from racing due to injury that prevented running and continued swimming and rock climbing as my main activities. At such an early age, improving health-span became my main value for training. From rock climbing I developed a passion for entering flow state and moving meditation. In swimming I found mindful, technique-oriented swim training transformed my experience in the water. From those positive practices a similar passion for safer, stronger running form and practice followed some years later. I am now focused on improving flow states in long-distance open water swimming and long-distance trail running.

From 2009 onward I focused full-time on swim coaching, and following that, teaching new coaches and eventually, started applying the same principles in run coaching as well. To enhance my professional services further, I have completed a Masters of Science in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology through the University Of East London. I also offer personal development coaching to assist people making improvements in their work, education, organizations and personal lives.

I have an insatiable interest in the physics, physiology and psychology behind moving, learning, training, performing and wellbeing in general. I particularly welcome students who present more challenging puzzles to work on, whether physical, mental, or neurological.  My approach to coaching is heavily influenced by the sensibilities of physio and psychological therapists and person-centered theory (thank you, Carl Rogers). You can expect me to be relationally present, to be attuned to your whole person, and offer compassion and intuitive guidance for your particular needs.

I love to work with adults, especially adults and seniors who appreciate the need for better movement patterns and have the patience to work on it – including those who have aches, pains and injuries to overcome. I have a particularly gentle and effective way of guiding fearful and anxious people into a more peaceful relationship with the water and with their own bodies. I have a deep knowledge of principle-based training methods, using objective and subjective feedback for advanced performance goals.

I partner with Coach Jamee Small in Mediterra International (a.k.a. Mediterra Swim), our independent swim coaching business based in Oregon USA, where we conduct local lessons, group training events, and our adult swim squads. We team up with other colleagues to lead training events and swim camps around the world, wherever beautiful water can be found.

Along with Tracey Baumann, I am a co-founder of SwimMastery and one of our primary Coach Instructors.

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