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#233727 - 02/24/06 12:38 PM What do you learn from new classmates?
mbac640 Offline

Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 52
The experienced classmate is great to tell you that you're turning too much/too little in a back kick (etc), but even more enlightening and fascinating is the student who is taking the first Taekwondo class of their lives.

You can see their muscle memory is uncoordinated -- muscles fight each other, misinterpret their brain's signals. Legs and even arms fly in directions that the student just can't get any control over.

Their sense of balance is totally unprepared for the motions they put themselves through. Weight shifts awkwardly, they search for stability but never find it.

The master instructs them to try to punch faster, and they push as hard as they can and still strike much too slowly.

I do not say this to mock the new student, or believe they should be embarassed. Quite the opposite. I learn a lot from their innocence. It reinforces in my mind just how essential these things we take for granted are, and that they really are the core of the art.

#233728 - 02/24/06 12:51 PM Re: What do you learn from new classmates? [Re: mbac640]
540kick Offline

Registered: 02/24/06
Posts: 10
Loc: Canada, Montreal
I also saw this when I got a bunch of friends to join. I actually appreciate all the constant repeating exercises. New classmates also make a good bench mark to compare how far you have gone in training. As a suggestion, i filmed myself a few time and later replay them after class. I find it a great help to actually see your own mistakes that some people might not beable to pickup on. You could also train in front of a mirror, like my dojang which have the whole front wall filled with mirrors.

#233729 - 02/24/06 06:51 PM Re: What do you learn from new classmates? [Re: mbac640]
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Registered: 02/04/06
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working with new classmates is one of my favorite and most hated things to do. For one it humbles me, reminding me that the techniques I take for granted didn't just come to me over night, I had to work hard to gain the skills I have. It forces you to talk out the techniques to the new classmate, giving you a mental picture of how the technique is supposed to work, helping you understand the technqiue even further. And it gives you a little chance to show off in small ways boosting your ego and pushing you even harder. And in self defense pratice you can see how an untrained person, albeit a bit nervous because its the first time training, would react.

The reason I hate working with new classmates is that you can't work on advanced techniques or combinations you have trouble with. You'er stuck doing the four basic blocks and the roundhouse kick. You'er more lible to get injured if sparring or practicng a technique on the new comer.

There are instances where the new comer is from another martial art and those can be fun cause you get to learn about the differences between TKD and the other art from a new perspective. Sometimes here the same retorect, TKD is a sport blah blah blah, but then there are times where the practioner gets all excited cause he can add the kicks he's learned to incorporate into his self defense techniques he's learned.

On the other hand getting nailed in the groin repeatedly when sparring a point sparer(sp?) is really annoying, and not reccomended if you want to have children


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