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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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.

This is the same philosophy employed at the dojang I train at. It can even be said that as an over 40 year old adult who has sparred 20-somethings, I've learned some moves from lower belts, too!
Mathieu said…
Hopefully, that'll come at sandan only for me !

I don't feel ready to teach yet. :)
Ray said…
Taekwondo is martial art originated from Korea. It has various martial art techniques which teach es self-discipline and self defense.
Colin Wee said…
Charlie ... If a person is just practicing with a small bunch of people, it exposes them to just so much variety. So I guess when we start 'sharing' or teaching, we've got to roam around, and it may help expose us to different body types, reactions, and skillsets. It's all good.

Mat: sure, that's the traditional way, and in a developed dojo, it may help increase the standard and quality of the teaching. But you know what? Not all chief instructors can afford to wait until that for assistance. :-)

Ray: Yes, I'm still learning that.

supergroup7 said…
I've noticed that teaching happens through example as much as through words. Mathieu, you may not feel ready to teach yet, but you may be automatically teaching just by how you move when you perform your techniques. Others will watch you to see "How does he do it?", and then may try to imitate you. It is always helpful to them, if you help them to see what it is that they can do to improve their efforts.. and that becomes "teaching" in it's own way. ( At least that's my viewpoint)

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