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Instructors don’t ask much

Seriously, a good instructor should never ask a student to do more than they are truly capable of. The reason for this is that to do is to invite failure. Once you have someone failing it is hard to get them to look at the positive. Human nature is to always concentrate on the negative, which is why agood instructor should try to push their students as far as possible, whilst recognising how far that is. 


Tonight I had a 41-year old, who had never taken formal lessons, and only attended one previous class doing jumping side kicks. In fact, I had the whole of the class doing them regardless of grade, because I knew that they could do them and the other kicks I had them doing. All of them rose to the occasion and did me proud. That, as an instructor is all I want. Just try your hardest every time. 

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


3 thoughts on “Instructors don’t ask much

  1. I think that this is all any good instructor should want, regardless of the subject matter. It sounds like you’re proof that good instructors make for good students.


    Posted by missprofessorcasey | May 23, 2012, 1:36 am
  2. Great point. It’s trying to gauge the level of stretch to the student so that they start to realise they’re more capable than they think but not hitting that point of failure. Plus it always feel good to try out some of the cool stuff for a change.


    Posted by nwukshukokai | June 16, 2012, 3:20 pm

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