Anyone ever have an injury and one of your instructors just didnt get it? A few months ago, I injured my knee doing a jump. It wasn't really bad, but my doc instructed me to lay off the kicks until the fluid and pain was gone from my knee and to avoid kneeling for a few months. Also, no jumps. I ended up developing patellar tendonitis as well, which is mostly better now, but I still have some pain with deep crouching and getting up off the floor. My head instructor has been awesome about it, and when I say something is hurting me, he understands and doesn't encourage me to push through the pain (although I am guilty of pushing through some pain). There have also been a variety of techniques that he told me to skip since they could twist my knee. He gets it. Our less experienced instructor has really never gotten it. I laid out the doctor's orders, and he immediately tried to have me do everything the doc said not to. He told me that kneeling only means the seiza position, not being on my hands and knees. He wanted me to do several kicks on my first day back when I was still a bit swollen. He asked me to do jumping jacks. I declined to do several things, and I could tell from his tone and comments that he thought I was being a wuss. When the tendonitis showed up and I had trouble with deep stances and couldn't squat, he told me that he used to be afraid to do squats, too. No! It feels like my knees are going to explode! I'm not afraid of squatting. Recently I was finally able to get down into a squat without pain, although I basically have to fall forward and get up a different way or it kills my knees. So once I'm in the squat, he tells us do this weird fall forward onto your knees and then roll back up into the squat thing. We've never done that before, it seems awkward for healthy knees, and it hurt. I don't get why you'd ask someone with bad knees to do that. I really like this instructor otherwise and we do a lot of great exercises in his class, but I just don't understand why he hasn't been able to grasp the gravity of my knee issues, particularly when he's been there when our head instructor tells me not to do this and that! I've politely explained my issues and why different things cause me pain, but everytime I think he finally understands, he asks me to do something bizarre with my knees.