Saturday, January 9, 2010

Methods of Instruction

NOTE; I am finding it important to view, and conduct the entire class, as a continuum. Given the time limitation I can’t teach as with a standard dojo class, where the assumption is, over time, everything will be covered and that students will eventually internalize basic principles. In order to best meet the specific objectives I have set for this class, and given the time constraints, I need to included everything, breathing, centering, posture, moving in balance, remaining relaxed, from the first breathing exercise and warm-up through every technique, to the final relaxation/breath down at the end of class. “You can’t start out where you want them to be, you have to start out where they are at.”

Also, I have to be constantly aware of, and sensitive to, the delicate, balanced approach needed in teaching these guys. In some ways they are much stronger and tougher than the average dojo student, yet in some ways much more fragile and vulnerable. My approach of joking and kidding around often really helps, and being a former combat vet, I can get away with a lot. But there is a fine line where this sort of thing can be perceived as belittling or insulting. Pride can easily be bruised, and that line varies with each guy.

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