Note Taking in Martial Arts Classes
How many times have I asked students about a particular taekwondo technique only to be met with blank stares, and a "no we've not done it" response. Yet, the techniques were introduced and were part of belt requirements that have not changed in years. Then some point midway practicing, I'll get a confirmation that they're starting to remember the technique.
This blog was created end of 2008 to record notes for certain segments of my class. It provides instructor-side insight into the technique by providing more information or providing a different perspective not mentioned in class.
As I am no longer coaching national or sports representatives, the training journals kept by my students need not include competition preparation type training information. Journals however, should be used to capture techniques and tips for improvement. I typically offer personalised advice for each student whilst they learn or perfect a technique - all this should go into the training journal.
In my class there is no shortage of information. It seems only shortage of mental processes to retrieve information.
The training journal should also feature a practice schedule so that the student can practice skills required for the next grade. Any problems or issues should be noted and brought forward as part of the student's interaction with his/her taekwondo instructor.
I highly recommend students take a mature approach to managing their own path through traditioanl taekwondo. One of my pet peeves is to have to 'spoon feed' student practitioners.
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