I was thinking conceptually about martial arts, and how the first thing you teach could be used to symbolize the training. Two things that stand out to me about Taekwondo: Taekwondo is for defense, not attack* Training in anything requires a firm foundation before moving on to higher concepts *This is not about whether your style is aggressive or defensive, but more about the mindset of the martial artist. The last line of our student creed is "Never fight to achieve selfish ends, but to develop might for right." Anyway, both of these are true to me - defense, and a firm foundation. So if the first thing I teach in the early classes is the basic blocks, for example, that would teach that we should first focus on defense. Similarly, if the first thing I teach are the basic stances, that would teach that we should focus on the foundations and build from there. The schools I've trained at usually go punches -> blocks / kicks -> stances. I see why they go for strikes first - they're more fun than blocks and stances. I just wanted to think about a few different ways of approaching it.