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"Harden up", "come on", "toughen up", "get it together", "just do it", and "let's go" can all be slotted into the same purpose. One could even reach for "osu". I find the gist of the phrase comes more from elements other than word choice, such as volume, sharpness of tone, or accompanying the phrase with a loud clap.


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Typically, the correct way to approach this is personally, away from the rest of the class. If you have a problem with the way an instructor conducts himself, then, if it's important enough to warrant being brought to their attention, going to them one-on-one and requesting a private moment of their time is proper. It's important to not seem combative or ...


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Jack has some very good points. Observe a class, or better yet, join in if you may. This is crucuial. Don't sign anything, without trying it first. If they don't allow trial classes or even spectators, this is not the place for you. Also, be careful about signing long term contracts, especially if there's a clause in it that forbids you to practice ...


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First, about children's ranks vs. adult's ranks... Child black-belts are not uncommon in the world of Karate and Taekwondo. But when there are child black-belts, they are generally awarded that rank in the "children's" rankings. This rank is not generally the same as an adult black-belt. At least in most schools. In some schools, there's no distinction ...


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In my experience this is not a good way to learn, no matter how capable a teacher you are. I'm not saying that it won't work, just that the chance it being successful is very low. Any martial art takes a lot of time, patience and discipline to learn. Outside of the dojo these things can all be in short supply. Training at the dojo forces you to make the ...


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What Use Lineage? A traceable lineage neither guarantees a quality training environment nor a legitimate experience. One should also keep in mind that Asian martial arts have a tendency to embellish their relationships and lineages. For example, it's common in Japanese arts for a soke to claim he was the only student of his teacher, or for a practitioner to ...


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You will be able to tell a good teacher by evaluating the students. Students should be: Engaged in the class Proficient in the material for their rank (Assuming they aren't brand new belts) Of a wide variety of ranks (not all brand new or been there for years) If the students display the above, then the instructor is presenting the material in a way that ...


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First off, there's a difference between teaching and doing. Depending on the art you are in, there may not be a big difference (e.g. Aikido). In different arts, particularly sport or combative arts, there's a large gulf between being a good teacher and being a good practitioner (e.g. TKD). It's not impossible to be both, or find someone who can do both ...


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Something to understand: In Japanese society, the Sempai / Kohai relationship is largely organic. In a status-based society, the senior and junior naturally recognize their obligations to each other, and follow these social norms without issue. In Japan, the Sempai / Kohai relationship is not simply a one-way relationship. It's not simply the junior having ...


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Here are some things I have done before joining a new dojo: Find out if you can observe a class. This is great opportunity to observe the environment of the dojo and get a sense for the teaching style of the instructor(s). Ask to speak to the sensei before joining. Explain your martial arts background and experience so the instructor will have an idea of ...


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My answer here is going to be very similar to my answer to What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system? The short answer is: "It isn't unless you think it is or you are operating in a culture that thinks it is, and then only to the degree that you accept it as valid." Lineage is frequently claimed, but difficult if not ...


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Slugster's answer is a good one to read (I up voted it) but I am going to play devil's advocate. If your relationship is strong and there are no underlying issues, then it can work well. She can practice the things she learns in the dojo with you so she can improve her form. Remember to criticise the actions, not the person doing them; "the technique is ...


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Since you are already using Japanese terms, may I suggest: 頑張れ -- ganbare! Which translates as "Do Your Best!"


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You have an annual meeting or a Christmas party. Ask people to fill in anonymous little forms with: Three things I really like about this dojo Three things I would change. They could also nominate their favourite sensei and say what he does better than the others, that kind of thing. Then you'll get lots of surprises. (I gave up karate after I got ...


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As with any type of job, class or organization try and raise the issue in private in a one on one session. This will ensure that the instructor, owner or leader does not feel threatened or disrespected and become defensive or combative. It's important to try and not make them feel threatened or that your criticizing them. Steer the conversation into as much ...


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Have the adult conversation with the instructor in question. Let them know that you have some feedback from people that have left, that they felt that their introduction was too advanced for a novice and leave it at that. Don't put words in people's mouths but provide the constructive critical feedback. If they are upset at your feedback, you have a ...


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As an adult I've only studied Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Before starting a new gym, I do some research to see what the community has to say. For example, I would Google the gym and maybe ask for a review on a popular martial arts forum. In my opinion lineage is important as well, so before visiting I make sure they're a black belt under a ...


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Using google forms (or equivalent) to provide an anonymous feedback mechanism is as good as you'll get, I think. Bottom line: if people don't want to tell you, then they won't. A pattern I've observed at my club is that one of the instructors is particularly good at alienating the more experienced players: he's very negative under the guise of providing ...


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I co-sign the preceding answers. As a ostensible "lineage holder" myself, my contribution is more personal: I'm a direct student of a famous grandmaster swordsman, from whom I have a fabulous diploma certifying me as "a master." He officially made me a lineage holder and expressly permitted me to teach the discipline, use its symbol, and propagate the art. ...


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I think schools can have whatever rules they think is best. The idea people "should" do a particular thing is a bit bogus, it's really whatever they want. They could require everyone to wear pink and speak klingon if they like. You just don't have to go to those schools if you don't like the rules. I personally have never been to a MA school which has ...


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Note: This is from my own perspective training within a specific style and culture. It is skewed to my own personal experience and observations, but I hope that the thoughtfulness will be valuable to other people. Lineage's importance in relation to credibility or trustworthiness of an instructor and school depends on what you are looking for in martial ...


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I view the dojo as a place to train and lean a martial art. Therefore anything that is not directly related to this, I will either ignore as a student or stomp on as an instructor. I include in this both politics as martial art organisation(s) politics and religion as in boogly and magic stuff. Now, after class and in the pub/bar, it is the perfect time ...


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In the dojo I am studying in more senior students are responsible for helping less senior with their techniques, preparing for the tests, etc. It is custom for more senior students to work with more junior ones, which is beneficial both for beginners - they enjoy the best example while their basics are not set yet and they also are more safe since the senior ...


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The sensei has modified the 'official' katas of the style. She 'mixed' some parts of pinan shodan, with pinan nidan and so. That's pretty worrying. It's not uncommon for schools to have slightly different "interpretations" of the same gross movement (e.g. one to say something's a block while another says it's a strike - but the limbs are moving in ...


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I'm not aware of a suitable term that has wide acceptance yet, but there seems to be a lot of discussion on this issue at present (in a wider context than Martial Arts). Recently, on Twitter, the term "Fortify!" has been suggested for this situation.


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TL;DR I'm recommending "Step Up" as a replacement phrase. The other phrases I include are contextual, and some do not have the exact intent of "Man up". I kinda got carried away with phrases that might fit in the same slot as "Man up". For clarity, I understand "Man up" to mean that the person needs to recognize that their barriers are mental and do what ...


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How about "Fight it" or "Fight Through" something like that? It's positive and active, non gendered, and implies an opponent (their own fear etc) that can be beaten. Push Through would work too, often already used in medical settings re pain. Also an honest talk with the women in the group, they may have suggestions.


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Gut up. I heard Alex Jones use it once.


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If you ask people who the greatest guitar player in the world was, you would get varied results, but someone would inevitably say that it was Jimi Hendrix. Even if you disagree about Jimmy Hendrix being the best, you have to admit that he was very good. Jimi Hendrix taught himself how to play guitar. I think training at home is fine but I have ...


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Another couple more tips: Try find out about the lineage of the school. If the master won't reveal who taught him/her, maybe this is not the right place. Also, are members of the school active participants/judges in competitions and various associations? Ask if they have a long-term development programme. My kung fu school has the entire curriculum mapped ...



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