A Teaching Note

 

            All of the top martial arts schools have at least one thing in common: exciting and dynamic classes taught by enthusiastic, well trained instructors. When teaching any class, follow the instructor’s creed. “I will teach this class as if it were the most important class I will ever teach. I am patient and enthusiastic. I lead by example.” Every time a student comes to class, he is either one step closer to getting his black belt, or one step closer to quitting.

 

            It is the instructor’s performance that is the deciding factor. Instructors are only as good as his/her last class. Patience with your students allows them to relax and feel comfortable, making it easier to learn. People don’t care how much you know, they want to know how much you care. Enthusiasm allows you to excite your class and hold their interest. Your students will be more interested if you are more interesting. Leading by example means we live the life exactly as we are telling our students to live. Character is doing right when no one is looking. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it for themselves.

 

            Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope...and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy, and daring those ripples to build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Instructor, teacher, you make more of a ripple than you think you do.

 

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