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    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    I try to listen to each of you and respect your points of view, knowing full well that some of them should be "taken with a grain of salt." That being said, I find it difficult to believe that some of you, as instructors, can hear a comment in passing during class and can then walk away from...
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    Quantity of Memorization

    Because of the respect I have for the both of you, I humbly bow out so as not to be caught in the cross-fire or be used as a weapon against either of you.
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    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    Something I made to give to a few students I've known.
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    What are some motivation, inspiration or life lesson speeches you discuss in your class as an instructor?

    I have been a pastor and a missionary. My wife and I have raised our own children, our own grandchildren, and are currently participating in the daily upbringing of our great-grandchildren. It has always amused me to listen to young preachers spouting off about how to raise your family . . ...
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    Quantity of Memorization

    The more I follow various threads on this forum, the more I am thankful for the school and instructor I have. I'm the oldest black belt (at 67) in the school. Working on 2nd, but it's getting to be a challenge. I'm learning that all that "black belt" means is, "Welcome to grade school, dude."...
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    stuggling with kicks

    I know just enough about martial arts to know how little I know.
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    stuggling with kicks

    Yeah, it's a LOT easier to kick 'em when they're down!
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    stuggling with kicks

    I agree about the "flashy-ness" of martial arts. In my dojang, students are all agog watching some of the more flexible ones doing the high kicks. But, if they won't let you hit the head during sparring . . .
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    stuggling with kicks

    I was concerned when I re-started martial arts at the age of 65. My instructor told me not to worry about flexibility, just keep on practicing. His main advice that got me over my worries? "A roundhouse to the knee will disable your foe and put them on the ground just like a kick to the head."
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    Mirrored versions of forms

    True. the main differences are usually (in our forms) related to the joon-bee (start) and the finish.
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    Mirrored versions of forms

    Mr. Skribs - Interesting question to start a thread, and even more interesting to read the responses. It seems the various responders all train (or, at least their forms do it) by working to one side. In the MA system I train in, ALL forms/katas/hyungs have mirrored movements within them. If...
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    40 years old taking his first courses and having bits of difficulties

    I bought a mat at the start cuz I thought it would help, but in the long run, the grandkids enjoyed playing with it more than i used it. Unless you're practicing throwing yourself on the floor and doing the arm-slap to absorb the fall, you probably don't need a mat. Carpet is fine. The dirt...
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    40 years old taking his first courses and having bits of difficulties

    Reading the responses, the back-and-forth, I would pretty much agree with the basic approaches given. One . . . you're never too old to start (or re-start) martial arts. Two . . . your only competition is yourself. If you're trying to compare yourself to those younger ones or those that have...
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    First time as instructor

    Yeah, I've done the flinch thing, too. We didn't use a wall, but were free-standing. Actually, we weren't trying to combat a real "flinch" but it was blinking as the punch approached. Wanted us to keep our eyes open during a punch by our opponent. It was interesting. I guess the instructor...
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    First time as instructor

    Now that y'ns have beat me up about doing things backward . . . what I was actually aiming for in this thread was some comments about YOUR early attempts at teaching so we could learn from what others have done.
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