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How to teach intent?

There is nothing wrong with what your son is doing! He is doing all the right things at the right time: he is gentle so his uke will train with him again. Gentleness might be because your son does ...
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What is the good path to become a Judo teacher?

Generally the way to become a good instructor is experience. Instruct at your club whenever you have the opportunity - get better at dealing with students and explaining things in a way that they ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

Any of your proposed actions could be appropriate, depending upon circumstances. As a student, you need to understand what you need to improve, exactly what you need to get there, and practice. It's ...
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Developing voice of command

You should (read: must) not teach children alone. That opens you up for all sorts of bad allegations that could tarnish your name forever and end you on certain registers you cannot get off. There ...
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What is the good path to become a Judo teacher?

What rank to help teach? There is no minimum rank. The head instructor must have confidence in your abilities and have a need for assistance. In smaller clubs, you may be one of the most advanced ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I've been in your instructor's position a few times, and I've threatened to demote. But I recognize that taking away a belt can be detrimental in several ways (call me a snowflake if you want). ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

If you love martial arts and are bored with your current school, it may be because it's designed in a predictable way - belts, ranks, etc. You can see where it's leading and it can make you feel boxed ...
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Do I need a new attitude, or a new dojo?

Personal remark Reading it charitable, he's a perfectionist, just @Sardathrion wrote. I sometimes catch myself talking too much in class and it's been brought forward. Especially when teaching adults ...
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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

Most of this advise is a sub-set of looking out for a Mc Dojop. I am going to assume that you are referring to technical knowledge instead of generic "should I train here" which has been answered here ...
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How to teach intent?

I'm with Sardathrion that martial arts are a small part of self defense, and one that we seldom actually use these days, so your child is not necessarily missing out on anything by practicing the ...
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Can video games make you a better martial artist?

Unfortunately, videogames aren't in a place where they can do much for you at this time - future technology, VR, etc. might solve all of these problems, but it likely won't be very soon. Most ...
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Dojo not quite right or am I overreacting

There is something rotten in Dojo A and B… You seem to have hit some nasty politics within martial arts. It happens, it is disheartening, and not worth anyone's time. As a side note, you (as an ...
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Child belt demotion for forgetting kata

Please see this other question which asks something similar, but with a 3 year old: Is my 3 year's old reprimand experience in karate today par for the course? Now as for your 9 year old ...
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How do I keep everyone's attention?

It is common to have this issue with kids. As teachers we are so focused on helping the kids, keeping the parents happy, trying to pass on the incredible art we learned that we forget how to be kids! ...
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To prevent injuries, how do you discourage people from using excessive force?

As a former 'offender' myself I hope I can offer some insight. TL;DR: do not allow them to do randori until they do at least several thousand throws. Let them build up confidence in falling first. ...
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Is taking away a belt appropriate discipline?

I will give a bit of a different opinion here even though this already has an accepted answer pointing in the other direction. I think this is wrong. Not so much in the legal sense as Sean Duggan ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

I love testing-- the prep period leading up to it is fun to me, so not sure how to motivate you there, but now I have almost 2 years before I can go again, so I understand how you feel about getting ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

In my experience burn out or boredom happens to most people at some point in their training. First thing to always be encouraged is talk to your instructor, odds are they have felt the same way at ...
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Soft Taekwondo introduction for other people

Teach exercises that build into small sequence, that two participants can work together. Example exercises: 1)Round-house kick 2)Jab-cross combo 3)Kick block 4)high punch guard sequence: 1st ...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

Requirements - this is more about local laws/business question. If it is for money - then it is more about your business/marketing/communication skills. If it is about sports/MA spirit - it depends. ...
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What does it take to be a part-time kickboxing or MMA coach?

"Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you ... You can’t do something ... You got a dream. You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want ...
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How can beginner adults overcome initial nausea when learning rolling falls?

The two main causes for nausea after rolls are problems with your vestibular system (balance organ in your ear) problems with your blood pressure adaptations (orthostatic nausea) The first could be ...
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Can video games make you a better martial artist?

There are multiple parts to training. Mental/Psychological/Emotional ability to handle and work through situations and maneuvers. Strength/Agility/Endurance ability to handle and work through ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

If you already have your established base, love martial arts and are tired, maybe it's time to: Start teaching; Try new styles as long as you can continue to use your internalized base. Some styles ...
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Burnout or boredom in martial arts class

What our club does, is have senior students try new things out together. This can be a new form, or advanced techniques that can be just fun without being practical, or just generally letting them ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

I'll give an answer from a completely different point of view. A child who undergoes the stresses of joint locks are subject to the manifestations of injury as described in Bankuei's answer, I have ...
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Do I need a new attitude, or a new dojo?

I am afraid you need both and a third one. First, you need to pay attention to what sensei says and steal as much of his knowledge as possible. To me, he sounds like a perfectionist wanting all his ...
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Do I need a new attitude, or a new dojo?

I'd say don't be scared to change. The personal relationship with a coach is of utmost importance for any athletes. Is this the national training center of your country ? if not you can probably ...
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Developing voice of command

There is definitively a "voice of command" skill that can be mastered. But it is not so much about shouting like a drill sergeant as there are many other subtle variations you can change. You want to ...
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