Over the past 3 weeks, I have been in charge of my dojang. From what I understand, this is the first time my Master has been able to leave for an extended period of time without closing the school. Granted, we closed for a week in the middle and cancelled some of our specialty classes, but I was still in charge 5 hours a day, 4 days a week, for 2 weeks, in addition to my day job. I now have a much better appreciation for what my Master has to do in order to keep the classes flowing. I usually would lead maybe 5-10 minutes per class until he takes over, or I would lead 1 class here or there, but it is an entirely different animal to run 20+ classes for ~200 students every week. I would say the hardest challenge I had was the little kids (4-6 year old) white belts. Some of those kids are very shy and introverted, and want as little attention as possible. Other kids are NOT shy and are very undisciplined, and just want to run around, play, talk, and be the center of attention. Now, that in and of itself isn't what makes the class so difficult. If I had the shy kids, we could work with them 1-on-1 and the others would be fine waiting for their turn. Or if I had only the rambunctious crowd, I could do a lot of fast-paced high-energy drills that would keep them too busy to be distracted. The problem is that I have both groups in the same class. Trying to find a balance where it's not too fast for the shy kids or too slow for the high-energy kids was very difficult, and I didn't quite manage it every class. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience, but I'm glad it's over and I can go back to my normal level of responsibility. I don't think I could be in charge of a dojang this size AND have a day job. Some of my favorite highlights: Some of the drills I came up with (which I posted here) were very well received My last 2 days teaching, I told the classes that I don't normally teach "I won't be leading anymore" (they all complained), "but Master is coming back" (they all cheered). Some classes figured out the right reaction on their own, others had to be coached in what to say. My last class, I admitted I am relieved to go back to my normal level of responsibility. One guy said "so you couldn't hack it?" (Just giving me a hard time). I said "I proved I can, and I have nothing left to prove on the matter." I've had students and parents come to me and tell me I'm doing a great job leading, which was very encouraging. I'm glad to have done this. I'm also glad I don't have to do it again this week.