I've been thinking about this for awhile and since there are quite a few teachers on here, I'm curious to know your thoughts. Since the list of attributes that make a good teacher is quite extensive, I'd like you to list your top 3 attributes that make a good teacher, and explain why. Here's my top 3 attributes: Knowledge: Some would say it's self-explanatory, but when I talk about knowledge I don't just mean how to use a list of techniques and combinations. To me a good teacher knows the underlining principles behind each technique, not just the technique as it appears on the surface. Observational skills: Being able to look at a person doing the skill and identify the underlining problem behind a mistake, not just the mistake itself. For example, let's say your student keeps falling over when they do a certain kick. A bad teacher will probably just say something like "keep your balance" or "stop falling over", which doesn't actually help the student fix the problem. Instead you have to look closer, to see why they keep falling over when they do the kick. This leads back to the Knowledge, because in order to make these assessments you need to have a greater knowledge of the principles behind a technique, not just the technique itself. Communication: Another obvious one, in that you need to be able to communicate effectively in order for your student to understand what you want them to do. However, what a lot of people don't understand that this isn't just verbal communication. A lot of people are visual learners rather than audio learners, meaning they learn more effectively by looking at a skill, than in being told how to do it. It's all very well being able to do a roundhouse kick at full speed, but do you have the control to slow that kick down and show the student every aspect of the kick? If you are teaching a class, have you positioned yourself in a way so that every student can clearly see what is going on? After all, your demonstration could be absolutely perfect but it means nothing if your student can't see it. So, what are your top 3 attributes that make a good teacher, and why? On a side note, has anyone tried demonstrating a technique without speaking? Or teaching a technique just by speaking, with no demonstrating at all? It's a very interesting challenge that I would recommend all teachers try to see how effective they are when you take out either speaking or demonstrating.