Instructor certification?

Discussion in 'Schools / Instructors' started by kitkatninja, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. gpseymour

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    That depends on the circumstances. It's not at all unusual (though becoming rarer) for a brown-, purple-, or even blue-belt in BJJ to teach. It started out that way because there simply weren't enough black-belt folks available in many areas. It continues mostly because it worked before.

    And it also depends on how people are educated about what the rank means. Where BB is sanctified, you're more likely to get that kind of reaction where if it didn't come from a BB, it's probably not right.
     
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    I don’t know what the functional differences will be.

    Part of the reason this is being developed is that it is intended to provide ongoing instruction for those who teach, rather than a weekend course done a single time. It also exposes instructors to different educational models, system seniors, each other, a variety of teaching approaches, and at the same time, standardization.
     
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    Thanks. I'll be interested in hearing more when they actually roll it out. I'm a big fan of purposeful training specifically for instructors.
     
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    When I started TKD it was the only MA school in my town. I did not even know what WT of Kukkiwon were even though our school was affiliated. More out of necessity we often taught as green belts. Usually one on one during regular class and only a very limited teaching such as a single move or segment. The head instructor was always there. We always had a very family environment where it was ok to lean on each other. I don't remember there ever being an issue with this format. I think if your system of teaching is sound and the head instructor is smart about who and what he has his color belts teach it can be good in moderation. The best case example I can think of is when you have someone who is really struggling with a basic element. A solid green or red/brown belt should be able and comfortable teaching a down block for example. Having a red belt teach another group of red belts a red belt form is a different matter. IMHO
     
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    I think, in the context of this thread, what you're describing (a student working with a lower ranked student) isn't really teaching. While in the broadest sense, the word "teaching" can be used to describe any sharing of knowledge, the actual definition of teaching requires that the teacher be 'an authority' on the material being taught. And in the context of this thread, I think it's pretty clearly meant to describe teaching independently and unsupervised.
     
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