A New Master Instructor!
Happy weekend to all!
and to all a great work out!
make sure you work out twice before
imbibing in the beverage of your choice.
Congrats to Master Instructor Jamie Andrews!
Here are portions of his win…
Dear Mr Case,
Thank you for sending me the Master Instructor course so promptly. Below I touch upon some of the things I’ve learned from it, and other observations…
I joined a school of Wing Chun about six months ago, and dropped out two months ago. The reason for this was that the three forms were just rushed through at break-neck speed at the start of each class, and we were expected to learn them with a single glance. It was a definite case of ‘monkey see monkey do,’ but with one of the monkeys being on amphetamines. Thank God that wasn’t the first style I had ever done or I would have walked away from the Martial Arts in disgust, but fortunately I already had good chunks of Karate, various interpretations of Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga and even Capoeira under my belt, as well as being a TKD instructor myself.
I understand the importance of teaching in small increments that build on one another. I have been doing this since I began teaching in 1987.
I am lucky to have many ‘ideal students’. The main reason I did this course was so that I don’t let them down. And I believe I have learned much from you in this respect.
Each time I show a sequence, I always follow it with an application. In some of the later Hyung, the movements are slightly stylized, so I teach the “Art” and then the real world tweaking that makes it workable.
After teaching students a new move I already usually ask them if they can think of an application. I myself have actually learned from students in doing so.
Due to current class numbers and the range of grades I often leave students to work on small snippets of techniques alone or paired up for a while. It’s more of a logistical necessity than strategy though, but I have taken what you have written about letting students work alone on board.
The four principles are already adhered to in our style of TKD (Australian Freestyle Tae Kwon Do Academy – ‘AFTA’) but currently in a haphazard manner and are rarely, and differently, named. The same can be said of The Four Powers. They are treated as things students are meant to intuitively learn through practice and experience. This is another thing I will be focusing on more in future as you lay it out in a very logical manner, and I don’t want to keep my students in the dark.
Thank you for your words on introducing Freestyle sparring. This is something else I have now taken on board.
I was dumbfounded at your explanation of the ‘perfect strike’. The few times I have pulled this off, I too felt no impact, and have actually puzzled over why my opponents were lying on the ground. I thought I was unusual in that sense and couldn’t explain it.
Thank you for the elucidation of the principles of physics in relation to the Martial Arts. It is something I have never come across before, but makes a lot of sense. Much food for thought and reflection (and experimentation). The DVDs really drove it home as well.
Well done Jamie!
I mailed your certificate.
why not you?
the course is easy,
it is filled with things you have not come across,
if you have,
the principles are firmed up and stated correctly,
and ready for you to actually use.
Not a bit of wisdom,
like a line from the Tao,
obscure but…how do you use it?
a solid piece of data
related to the real world,
backed by physics,
so you can use and understand
and actually teach!
I tell you,
without the data on this course,
a person is not really a teacher,
he is a money see monkey do-er.
And the real point here is as Jamie says…
I don’t want to keep my students in the dark.
Isn’t that really the point of it all?
Do you want to just monkey seeing and monkey doing?
OR do you want to teach,
to pass on the real martial arts
and really help your students,
and improve the world?
Sort of a no brainer,
I’ll look for your order in the email.
have a great work out!
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