Originally stated by Cthulhu:
After only a couple of months or so in the FMA, I'm not going to be foolish enough to try to teach others. I don't know it, I ain't gonna teach it.
This has been something on my mind for awhile, and I think you
Cthulhu for involuntarily helping me remember.
I'm VERY new to Kenpo training, 6 months now, and I'm a
yellow belt. My instructor, to me, is a GREAT instructor. He
teaches in a way that's very easy for ME to understand. Often
he's short assistant instructors, and if it happens repetitively
he breaks us down into groups by belt color, and has each
group form a circle and perform techs on each other. He'll
go from group to group, fine tuning us on techniques, or
teaching us new ones, then will go to another group, as we
Now I said that he teaches in a way that seems customized
just for me. Like he knows exactly the way I learn or something.
That's not the case for others in my belt group. In happens
QUITE often, where they misunderstood his instructions on the
technique. I've corrected them when that happens. I have
paid attention to whether or not I was wrong in MY perception
of it, but so far, this hasn't happened. I consciously try not
to be anal, or be a dick about it, but if a tech is a defense against
a right hand hooking punch, and they're attacking with a left
jab, well that's wrong. Of if it's a right back fist followed by
a right horizontal elbow, and they're doing a right backfist
followed by a left horizontal elbow ...I mention it. The guys
have welcomed this from me. In no way do I consider myself
a teacher/instructor or anything of the sort! And I don't know
whether or not my instructor has seen me doing this.
I know if the shoe were on the other foot, I would want them to
correct me. Also, if I correct someone, I'll say "He said to do it
this way", not "no, you're doing it wrong" or "I know better" or
anything like that. I just tell them what they're doing that isn't
how we were showed it. Am I wrong in doing this?