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  1. Antighsiothail

    Antighsiothail White Belt

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    Hi
    Just after some ideas.

    Before I moved I'd been a member of a club for 13 years, in the last 4-5 years before I moved I helped out with new members, so had some experience instructing.

    About 10 months ago I started teaching a guy who contacted me wanting to learn, so we set about training, it's been just the 2 of us all that time.

    Recently had a demo to try to get some more people interested, the result is another 3 people coming along. I don't want the guy I started with originally, being held back too much while working with the new people.

    So how do you arrange it so this doesn't happen?
     
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    marques Master Black Belt

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    Not sure I understand the situation. Different classes for the first and the others would help? After a few month they could train all together.

    You just do not want the first student? Give more/all attention to the other guys. Plan everything with the new ones in mind. The first one will give up, eventually.
     
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    Martial D Senior Master

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    Have the new three partner up for drills, you work with your main student/partner. That way once you show them something new, they can see you guys working it and voila you're a training aid
     
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    If you

    - don't teach form, you won't have much problem.
    - try to find different set up to execute the same technique, your old student will just learn more different set up.
     
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    pdg Senior Master

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    Yeah, that's how I read it at first - could have been worded better.

    I think he means he doesn't want the first guy being held back by him teaching the new guys...
     
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    You are teaching 4 guys. You should be OK.
     
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  7. Antighsiothail

    Antighsiothail White Belt

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    (pdg. I think he means he doesn't want the first guy being held back by him teaching the new guys)......yes that's exactly what I meant, perhaps I shouldn't have put the comma where it is. I want to keep my original student interested and progressing at the same time as I'm teaching the new ones. Not quite sure how to plan it though, don't want to baffle the new ones either.
     
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    When I taught UT Austin Kung Fu informational class, every semester I would have 50 students. I taught there for 15 years (3 semesters each year). In my class, I had students who had been with me for 15 years, 14 years, ... 2 years, 1 years. If I could handle for 15 years for over 2,000 students, just 4 guys should be a small issue.

    If you teach 35 different ways to execute "foot sweep", and if you teach 2 foot sweep per year, your 15 years students may still have not learned all 35 foot sweep yet.
     
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    I am not too experienced, but from perspective of a newbie...

    Do some basic punches, kicks, steps for all as warm-up. Show first kata (or whatever first basic form you have), repeat couple of times with everyone, so they grasp the movement. Let the new guys practice the thing on their own (weather it is just simple punches, kick or complete form) while you do something else with the 'older' partner. At the end do some paired practice rotating people, let the more experienced one give pointers to the 'juniors', as maybe he would be able to explain some details better. It can also give both sides more comfortable feeling of belonging to the same 'family'.
     
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    Like DB said teaching four guys you shouldn't hit many problems, I get the bit about holding back but really the guy that is further on has to learn at some point to work around guy/girls that are less experienced and you could use that as a way to teach him control and patience and to focus on say technique when he drills with new starts, It might in some ways be beneficial to all.
     
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    DaveB Master Black Belt

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    Repetition is a huge part.of ma training.
    Going over earlier levels should reinforce, not hinder a more experienced student.

    Otherwise have him do one exercise, have the new guys do something else.
     
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    oftheherd1 Senior Master

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    How was it done at the school you were at for 13 years? It is done at all martial arts schools all the time. New students come in all the time (if the teacher is lucky), and are taught basic move at continue to learn. Some learn quickly, others not so quickly. You can't teach only new ones of course. Your first student may not be at a point to teach really well, but under your supervision, he can teach those things you think he has learned best.

    Don't sweat the small stuff. Just teach like you were taught.
     
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  13. Antighsiothail

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    At the previous club I was very lucky, I attended the normal sessions but after a while managed to get extra sessions with the 5th dan who ran the club and a 1st dan, so just the 3 of us. I think I may do the same, have the normal sessions for everyone and every few weeks have a couple of hours extra with my original student. It only costs me a £1 for 2 hours at the local leisure centre, so cost isn't an issue.
    I'll have to see if he wants to do that.
     
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    Have you got tatami or mats ?
     
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    The leisure centre staff put out the mats and take them away, so makes it really easy.
    Thank you to all who replied, only through seeing the replies and thinking more about it did I come up with the idea of a separate session.
     
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    This first guy could 'help' you with the new guys as well. The new guys can look the first one and see what they can become in the near future. They can train together (2 pairs of people) with you supervising, but you would give and expect a bit more to/from the first one.

    I think I would have a separated class if possible, but would have them all together at times as well. People attracts people. If of the 3 new students 1 or 2 fails the class - which is quite normal - they will lack a variety of oponent styles and shapes. Even with all 3 going all the time...
     
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    Train your

    - new student the static punch. When you punch, your back foot is not moving.
    - old student the dynamic punch. When you punch, your back foot is sliding forward.

    You can teach the same technique but different way to do it.
     
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    dvcochran 3rd Black Belt

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    All MA I have ever been involved with are all about repetition so you work everyone together at first. When the new people are at their limit you set them down or break up into groups and work with your advanced student. You will figure it out.
     
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    watch you don't cause division by splitting such a small group so early ... it really will do no harm for the guy that has been with you longer to be around new students. As I said before it teaches people control and the realisation that is part of any MA although each has there own path working together is a big thing. Also use the more advanced student as your Uke ... As you will well know being around Aikido for so long that being able to take Ukemi and do proper breakfalls is very important.

    Also as you all progress and the school grows then having a good uke is very important (I don't mean one that fakes) as then you at demos can go for more advanced techs. The student that is more advanced also should be able to help the new students as he should be getting the idea of where he needs to be to take ukemi etc so that it progresses new starts and gives them better understanding.

    Your further advanced student has h studied Aikido previously? and if so what style ?
     
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    Antighsiothail White Belt

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    (Your further advanced student has he studied Aikido previously? and if so what style ?) Yes he did an Iwama style but a good few years ago and didn't go for long, I've had him for nearly 12 months now.
     

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