Tagged: teaching

Dear Advanced Students: Knock it off!

Dearest advanced martial arts students, We need to have a quick chat. Perhaps you, like myself, have attended a beginner class and acted as either an assistant instructor or a more experienced partner for a new student.  It’s great fun!...

Different Words, Same Language

About 4 months ago my boyfriend and I took up learning swing dancing. We were learning from our friend Sarah, and recently we all attended a swing dancing clinic weekend in Omaha. We had a ton of fun, and what...

5 Tips to Learn to Teach Martial Arts

Teaching is an art unto itself! Many martial arts schools require that as a student ranks up, they take on more and more teaching responsibilities. And here’s the truth of it: teaching is an art of it’s own! Great teachers...

Making Habits a Choice

A while back I realized I was doing something funny during z-locks.1 As I raised my hips prepare to apply pressure, I’d lift my foot off the ground, and as I lowered my hips into the lock, I’d place the foot back...

Seiza

So at the beginning of class we have this little… ritual? Something before class, right? If you do shotokan karate you probably do it about the exact same way we do, if you do other styles, then maybe just a...

Never Give Up

I have four different senseis and today I’ll spend some time speaking of a spesific one. He is one of my favourite senseis and I thorougly love, admire and respect him. In that order. That’s actually unfortunate for him cause...

Stickers and Encouragment

So in my club we have a beginner class (white belts) and we have an advanced class (everyone else). We take kids from eight-years-old and older. As you’ve probably guessed this poses some challenges. You see, kids don’t learn the...

[Link] Weak Links Can Show Your Strength

Skirt on the Mat adds another chapter in our growing book of how Martial Arts Are For Everyone.  She’s using ‘weak link’ satirically, by the way.  The things that dominant martial arts culture often considers detriments to training: being very...

Adventures in Subbing

Today I had the pleasure of subbing for another senpai helping to teach a juniors class (ages 6-7). I have next to no teaching experience, being a 17-year-old brown belt who doesn’t even feel comfortable answering junior belts’ questions about...