Training Warriors for the 21st Century

Training Warriors for the 21st Century
Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo cross training with Kidokwan Perth

17 Dec 2009

Teaching Traditional Taekwondo Techniques

This is a response to 'Do Black Belts have to Teach?' at Just a Thought.

Not to Teach: A long time ago at an Olympic coaching seminar (this had nothing to do with Traditional Taekwondo), I remember the head coach say that participants and competitors should not coach or instruct. Essentially, if you are competing, you should focus on what you should be doing, and if you have to look at anyone else, look at those who are better than you. As a taekwondo practitioner, the onus is on the individual to practice - to hone skills and to be as prepared as possible. Teaching should not distract you from your own practice.

You should Teach: There is however, the constant saying - you learn as you teach. This is especially so for the martial arts; there are many instructors who just do not teach effectively. So putting yourself in a position to transmit knowledge requires you to understdand what you have been taught, draw from your experiences, and extrapolate from whatever knowledge you already have. This approach allows you to draw from the your peers and even your students - making sense of taekwondo 'on-the-job'.

Teaching is Fun: Lastly, teaching taekwondo techniques is part of the entire enjoyment of the study of taekwondo. Martial arts have a lot to offer many people at different stages of life. Not all people have to travel the same path, but if you are ready to inspire others and if you gain satisfaction from making a real difference to individuals ... teaching martial arts is the way to go.

Intermediate and Senior students at my school know that everyone is required to teach. Teaching can be as simple as sharing belt tying skills, or providing comment on a particular technique, or assisting a student in learning a taekwondo pattern. Certainly, when they understand my method of teaching (using the pattern framework to guide skills transmission), they'll eventually understand what to expect from the gradings. When they understand what to expect from gradings, they'll be better prepared for the challenges they face confronting a non-compliant opponent.

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Colin Wee
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