Teaching Challenges II

Sometimes challenges lurk in unexpected places. I had a martial arts student who was 5\’10\” and 225+ pounds, a bit overweight and very strong. If his execution of a technique was even halfway decent, none of us could stop him. My challenge was to figure out how to challenge him.

Luckily, he found it himself by volunteering to help with the kids class. Part of the class was self-defense, but the most important part was coordination and balance exercises. Techniques that could not be \”muscled\”. So he had a reachable challenge that required a stretch both physical and emotional/mental. Little kids were doing things he couldn\’t, yet. Happily, he was up to the challenge. And his technique in the adults class improved.

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