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No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. If you want to teach martial arts, this is a great introductory book. A quote from the author says it best: "If you flip through the ads for your local martial arts schools you might get the impression that being some kind of champion is a prerequisite for being an instructor. In reality, what you are is more important than what you have done in the past. To be a good instructor you have to do more than teach. You have to understand and relate to your students.
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You must have a sense of mission and motivation for what you are doing. You must have knowledge and experience as well as a sense of professionalism. Above all, you have to believe in what you are doing. In a well-managed Dojo, all students are actively engaged in instructor-led activities or self-directed practice at all times.
Not only do they know what they are expected to do but teaching styles have been thoughtfully selected and communication techniques appropriately tailored such that they are generally successful at doing it.
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Students feel that they are making progress daily, learning something new, no matter how small, at each training session. There is little to no time wasted due to confusion or disruption. I started out at an exhibition where they needed someone to do a full contact match. They just wanted an opening match kind of thing. I fought and I did ok, so I did a couple of full contact matches. I won some, but I was trained more as a point fighter. So I lost more than I won. Then one of my cousins found out about an Olympic style tournament.
I won the first and second fight. In the third fight, I tried not to punch to the head but the guy kept on dropping his hands. I knocked him down twice with a left hook so they disqualified me. I still took third place, so I thought I did pretty well. I asked around and found out more about these tournaments. I started winning the sparring division and I won the Maryland State in and Before , people were trying out for the Olympics.
I won the local tournament and then the regional.
I made it all the way to the final fight, before losing. I was still doing point sparring all this time. I kept losing to couple of top competitors. If it was close, the judges would give the point to the other competitor because he gave off more confidence. My competing pretty much stopped after my motorcycle accident.
I did come back and won here and there, then I had to have another surgery, because I had a plate in my arm. From beginning to end I competed for about ten years. Dan: You have taught thousands of students in many different environments. What, in your mind makes a good student of the martial arts? Master Kim: I like teaching someone who is patient, hard working, and has positive attitude; someone who is disciplined, who does things without being told, who will come in and do things on their own, and who is willing to help other people.
In order for you to be good at something you have to do it. If you want to be a good student, sometimes it helps if you teach others. Then you understand what it takes for a teacher to teach, so you appreciate it a little bit more. Master Kim: Sometimes I have no idea.
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Some kids we get because the kids need someone to discipline them and yell at them and lay down the law. A lot of adults, back when I was taking classes, came to martial arts, not because they were looking for an alternative to health clubs but because they had a real interest in martial arts.
Who knows what kind of interest? Sometimes philosophy, the spiritual side, Eastern culture, or maybe they wanted to know how to fight. Many still come in because of the martial art side, the spirituality, the discipline. Dan: Some students seem to jump from one school to another, learning a little of this and a little of that before they really mastered anything. Do you think this helps or hurts? Master Kim: It depends on the person. So you go try something else to see if it fits your personality better.
But generally, if you are there at least get the basics down. Maybe it translates in some ways and some things might be similar. But in the end you get too much of a mix and you have nothing. Dan: You teach a fairly traditional approach to martial arts, but you have also incorporated a lot of modern conditioning and competition techniques. Do you have a philosophy of tradition versus change in martial arts? Master Kim: I think you have to keep some of the tradition and the history so that you can really appreciate it.
The simple technology and science that existed when martial arts first started is different than what we have now. We know a lot more about the human body then they did then, so some things have to change. I figure they gotta know more than I do. If you go completely traditional you miss out on some things. A lot of training I do now includes a bit of cross training. But if you do everything the modern way, then you never learn why some things are done a certain way. I think you have to do both.
I teach kicking, punching, philosophy, spirituality, competition, the work out, a little bit about everything.
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Some of the philosophy and spirituality gets stripped away. Their egos start getting in the way.
Dan: You got a degree from the University of Maryland and went to work in the corporate world for while. Then you decided to come back and teach martial arts full-time. What brought you back? Master Kim: I was still competing some when I graduated. It was about a year after my second surgery and I was still teaching. I went to work at an accounting firm. But they put me in accounting. But after six months, they did not let me apply. So I said forget that. I still remember how I had to do They gave me all these assignments, and I would be done within like a day or two day at the most.
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