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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2023 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just my opinionÖ and Iím certain this opinion is not for everybody.

While everyoneís personal goals will influence what they do and how they train, Iíve always felt a sort of responsibility to share what Iíve learned. When one knows something well enough, I believe they should teach it to help deepen their own understanding of it. While I ALSO realize that not everyone really can teach, or at least do so at varying degrees, I believe this should be #1. If I canít teach it clearly and effectively, I donít think that I know it well enough for myself yet.

Of course, it shouldnít just stop there. Teachers need to be continuing their own training as well, or else their teaching could become stale and outdated, or stagnant and boring. This could be picking up another style, seeing where your own style, regardless of how much you love it, could also improve - fill the gaps. Start learning weapons and see how similar it can be to empty hand training, or the other way around.

In any case, just working on becoming better. Making a transition more smooth. Making a technique more snappy. Working on spending less energy performing techniques while increasing their effectiveness. Work on balance, flexibility, coordination, strength/conditioning. ANYTHING that continues to feed your inner fire.

And sometimes, while I hate to say it, no progress can still be viewed as progress (if itís temporary). Itís only a problem if/when you start going backwards, or consciously decide to stay right where you are and keep your cup full.

Honorable mention: intellectual studies! Learn the language of where your style is from. Read/write books. Study philosophy. Learn calligraphy, a tea ceremony, anything!

There are endless ways to train, and endless ways to keep your fire burning. Not always easy to find what you want, but itís out there. In one form or another.
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bushido_man96
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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
Posts: 29738
Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE, Police Krav Maga, SPEAR

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scohen0300 wrote:
Just my opinionÖ and Iím certain this opinion is not for everybody.

While everyoneís personal goals will influence what they do and how they train, Iíve always felt a sort of responsibility to share what Iíve learned. When one knows something well enough, I believe they should teach it to help deepen their own understanding of it. While I ALSO realize that not everyone really can teach, or at least do so at varying degrees, I believe this should be #1. If I canít teach it clearly and effectively, I donít think that I know it well enough for myself yet.


When one teaches, two learn.
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sensei8
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
Posts: 16046
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Styles: Shindokan Saitou-ryu [Shuri-te/Okinawa-te based]

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2023 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
scohen0300 wrote:
Just my opinionÖ and Iím certain this opinion is not for everybody.

While everyoneís personal goals will influence what they do and how they train, Iíve always felt a sort of responsibility to share what Iíve learned. When one knows something well enough, I believe they should teach it to help deepen their own understanding of it. While I ALSO realize that not everyone really can teach, or at least do so at varying degrees, I believe this should be #1. If I canít teach it clearly and effectively, I donít think that I know it well enough for myself yet.


When one teaches, two learn.

Absolutely!!



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aurik
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Joined: 08 Nov 2016
Posts: 352
Location: Denver, CO
Styles: Shuri-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2023 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
scohen0300 wrote:
Just my opinionÖ and Iím certain this opinion is not for everybody.

While everyoneís personal goals will influence what they do and how they train, Iíve always felt a sort of responsibility to share what Iíve learned. When one knows something well enough, I believe they should teach it to help deepen their own understanding of it. While I ALSO realize that not everyone really can teach, or at least do so at varying degrees, I believe this should be #1. If I canít teach it clearly and effectively, I donít think that I know it well enough for myself yet.


When one teaches, two learn.


I agree 110%. When I teach something, whether that is in martial arts or teaching something to my son's Cub Scout pack, or when I was a Teaching Assistant in grad school -- it made me learn the material that much better so I could communicate it effectively to another person. Also, it makes you learn to present the material in different ways, since everyone learns differently. Presenting material in one way to student A may not work for student B. When you have different ways to present material, you can be a more effective teacher.
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