Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Principle: Know Before You Teach

Japanese Karate Association
Do you enjoy helping your martial arts juniors? Remember this important principle: know before you teach.

Martial arts are complex. Before offering advice to another student, be sure you understand the technique thoroughly. If you are training with someone and you feel that they are doing a technique wrong, it is almost always better to ask the sensei for advice than it is to try to correct a fault you think you see. Imagine how you would feel if you "corrected" your training partner only to have the sensei explain the technique differently a moment later. And, as you can imagine, whatever amount of shame you might feel would probably be equaled by the resentment of the student you just tried to help!

Continue reading about the student as the teacher here.

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