Over the course of a 25-year involvement with martial arts, I’ve seen multiple styles of arts & even more ways to teach those arts. Whether you’re teaching Sports Martial Arts or Traditional, if you want your students to achieve success (as measured by competition with others or against their own current ability level), it’s necessary to understand HOW to teach quality.
One of the biggest parts of martial arts success is developing muscle memory. In order for students to gain comfort moving their bodies in these new & strange ways, they need loads of repetition. Even more important is guided repetition. Many instructors would be happy to have students practicing at home, but many beginners & intermediate students will develop bad habits if left to their own knowledge. It’s in-class practice that’s needed most. However, students will tire of repetition unless made challenging or fun. This is the instructor’s greatest challenge.
For students to gain quality practice at home, I’ve found that having access to video tutorials on exactly how you want the moves performed helps students practice in the right way. While making videos, give guided examples of how the student can “up their level” of challenge during drills. The challenge is a great way to motivate students in their practice, whether at home or in class.
Finally, in creating quality black belt candidates, it’s important for the students to
learn the WHY behind the techniques they perform. Anyone can memorize a pattern of moves, but to make them look believable and to have them tell a story, the student must understand the purpose of each move. This is what moves the student to become an “artist”. Hence, the term “martial art”.
Teaching quality in the martial arts means to develop
students into martial artists. Martial artists gain much knowledge through practice and repetition that help them understand more about themselves. Teaching the WHY is what helps them understand more about the art itself. For more information about becoming a better instructor, please contact us or view our Youtube page for free video advice.