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#206701 - 12/21/05 12:12 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: PierrePressure]
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teenagers 'teaching' a class of 4-6 year olds in a gym is structured sitting. It's good for the teens to learn from the experience and the kids have fun... but it's not really MA related.

There is a gym in this area called 'Kidsports'....it's great, kids do all kinds of structured activities, learn coordination, learn social dealings and interaction, etc. It's hosted,supervised and taught by teens and college students (usually majoring in child psychology). so it's great for the teachers too.

The big difference between a kidojo and kidsports is that at kidsports, the kids don't wear a uniform or pretend to be doing anything other than having fun. why BS the kids into thinking they are doing anything other than having fun and playing coordination games? The only possible reason I can think of is maybe the dojo expanded it's customer base by offering this type of activity/sitting service. Again, it's a great service, but if a place didn't put kids in costumes, would we even bother to have this conversation in an MA forum?

When my kids were younger, I decided for them to be doing something structured with qualified child care attendents and child development specialists for a couple hours each day. These kind of qualifications are not usually part of teaching in a dojo environment....so why would I choose to have my kids there?

Martial Arts are for people old enough to choose it themselves. under 7 years old, they could care less what the heck they are doing and are just having fun. May as well let them have fun with people who are studying and specializing in child development. probably at the same overall price too, since there are no uniforms or test fees.

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#206702 - 12/27/05 01:53 PM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: Ed_Morris]
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I disagree completely. Martial arts are more than just fun for young children, they're excellent for a developing mind.

Memory, self control, coordination, strength, social skills, flexability - Martial arts improves all these things.

Plus, when they're old enough to begin learning how to actually fight they'll already have the basics down solidly. Not to mention being extremely confortable with the environment.

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#206703 - 12/29/05 02:02 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: PierrePressure]
JCM Offline
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I think it is more of age thing than a sex thing at that age. When I started teaching as a assistant instructor I was around 17 or 18(cant remember was long ago I had some trouble with kids but eventually I got it worked out and I am a full time instructor today.

In my experience the women have more of a problem with new male adult students. That being said once the student learns that the ladies are just as good as men they get with the program:)

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#206704 - 12/29/05 06:00 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: Subedei]
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Subedei

While MA are all you say they are they are not the only things which give these benefits. Dancing can do this too.

What I find interesting about MA with kids is how even the ones who you wouldn't expect to often want to compete and spar. This is where I see a big difference between MA and other activities is the competitive and combatitive element and how many kids actually gain confidence to face these kind of challeneges.
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#206705 - 12/30/05 12:47 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: trevek]
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Agreed. Dancing provides almost all health benefits of a martial art.


Edited by Subedei (12/30/05 12:48 AM)

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#206706 - 01/05/06 05:26 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: PierrePressure]
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With the greatest respect I totally agree with some of the other posts that it really isn't so much 'male' or 'female' - but the same as the general schooling system in any country - you are either a teacher - or not a teacher (irrespective of sex. age, colour or whatever really).

A competition fighter is either going to be a winner, or not? Same thing.

Can you become a good (or great) teacher? Yes, but you had to have the ability or potential ability there in the first place...

There are many black belts in the world today - but they are not all teachers...

Respectfully,
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#206707 - 01/05/06 11:13 PM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: Grayston]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Edited by oldman (01/06/06 01:39 PM)

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#206708 - 01/06/06 04:44 AM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: Ed_Morris]
trevek Offline
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Ed, we all know you've run away to your own little castle, but that last comment was uncalled for.
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#206709 - 01/06/06 01:07 PM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: trevek]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Ed,
Last warning.


Edited by oldman (01/06/06 01:40 PM)

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#206710 - 01/06/06 09:56 PM Re: Female instructors and respect [Re: PierrePressure]
bones56 Offline
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ok we have only 2 instructors in my dojo the black belt is a female and i'm a assistant instructor certified by the ajka but the student in our dojo pay attention very well to the instructor as well as i i think its more as how you disaplin them when they dont do as instructed rather then age or gender i have have a storm team that even helps teach when they are needed if an instructor is unable to attend the other and the storm team works togather

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