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#133213 - 05/14/04 07:23 PM Low grade teacher

I have trained Wado in a UK club three times a week for the last year. I train with my children once a week (family karate class) who are quite young, but keen to learn and enjoy going up and down in yunzuki stands doing different blocks etc. Trouble is that we are moving to a village where the nearest Wado club is 4 hours drive away. There are shotokan clubs in the area, but I really like the Wado style and I'm unkeen to change. I have the backing of some blackbelts who are willing to support me if I stick with Wado (but they can't be there on a weekly basis). Is it feasible to set up a dojo (have plenty of space in new place) even if I am nowhere near "qualified" to teach? (I have helped out as assistant instructor of the kids in our club and I really enjoy it) I do feel confident teaching the first basics and first katas (nidan, shodan) to the children. Should I persevere with Wado and try and keep up mine and the kids training or is it a mistake not to just surrender to Shotokan? (For the record, I am 6th kyu and 34 years of age).

#133214 - 05/15/04 04:34 AM Re: Low grade teacher
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Registered: 05/02/03
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Loc: UK
erm... don't want to be harsh, and I obviously haven't seen you train, but for the vast majority of 6th kyu's it would be a case of the blind leading the blind. It doesn't mean you can't show people what the basics are (up to a point), and the moves in the kata (up to a point), but at 6th kyu, you aren't even expected to be able to self correct - at least not minor faults, so how can you correct others?

Can you explain why you do everything that you do? - proper workable bunkai for kata, sparring technique, first aid....

Plus insurance would be a major issue I'd have thought.

I'm a 2nd kyu, (have been for a while now)... I wouldn't teach without a more senior grade present who could pull me aside and say...("you don't want to be doing it like that....").

If you talk to some higher dan grades, they'll even impress on you how they think some (many) first dans and second dans need guidance as teachers.



[This message has been edited by Yoseikan Student (edited 05-15-2004).]

#133215 - 05/15/04 02:13 PM Re: Low grade teacher
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Registered: 04/10/04
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Loc: Residence:UK- Heart:Md, USA
Alec is right. I am a second dan, have been training for ten years and have around 70 students. I rely heavily on guidance from people far more experienced than myself, and my students are better for it.

I understand that you love wado, I do too. But you would be better off cross grading into the Shotokan club. Once you are a first dan, if you wish, you could incorporate some of the things you love about wado into your training.

#133216 - 05/17/04 05:36 PM Re: Low grade teacher
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I also agree with Sharon & Alec.

I've been instructing for while myself, and pretty much have a full rein on what I teach and how. I'm given a general topic each week and have a bunch of students assigned to me to teach. If we get through faster than expected then I add in whatever else I please to keep them motivated. Our head instructor says all the time he is really pleased with the progress of my students!

Nothing however can compare with having a higher rank keeping tabs on what you are doing and helping with improvement, guidance etc. It keeps you focussed on the topic and what the students are learning.

I'm not a BB yet but am working on it [IMG][/IMG]

At 6th Kyu level I wasn't bad myself but knew very little about what/how to correct faults in others. I think you need a lot more experience yourself before taking on a job of this magnitude.

#133217 - 05/19/04 10:45 AM Re: Low grade teacher
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Registered: 05/02/03
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Loc: Southern Oregon, USA
I teach the beginners and the Junior Program at our school, under my Sifu's supervision, but wouldn't want the responsibility of teaching anyone over about Yellow or Orange belt. (I am a Blue belt.) I quickly demonstrate stuff if someone has a brain-freeze on something they already know, but no more. I know enough to know that I DON'T know enough to be an instructor at this point.

#133218 - 05/23/04 02:09 AM Re: Low grade teacher
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Registered: 11/15/02
Posts: 1031
Loc: Bothell, Washington (not DC), ...
I am a second kyu, and I teach the advanced junior kumite class (13-16) whenever the sensei can't be there (about every other week). I was asked to do this because I am one of the few young guys at the dojo who consistently wins tournaments, and the teacher wanted a younger guy to help him teach the young students.

Teaching is HARD at first. It can be very akward, such as when you explain something, and everyone looks at you like they have NO idea what you just said.


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