Looking for a good martial arts instructor? With the increase of martial arts schools more people are searching for a good karate school and a good martial arts instructor. There are many great martial arts schools and instructors out there, but unfortunately, there are as many that are not so good. How do you tell the difference? And what should you look for in a good instructor since in many cases the instructor is the school?
Most prospective students think that the most important thing to look for in a good martial arts instructor is content knowledge. They want their instructor's karate to be dynamic, powerful and impressive in every way. This is obviously very important because there is nothing that looks worse than a black belt instructor who can't deliver the goods when it comes to content. So this equality is definitely high in the list of prerequisites.
However, there are other things to look for that may ultimately be even more important to you...
This might not seem important at first, because, after all you want to learn about the martial arts. You are willing to put forth the effort no matter what, right? Well...
The instructors who have good people skills are usually the ones who care about their students the most. Generally with this type of instructor your progress will be foremost in their minds and they will:
The opposite type of instructor may well be very good at the martial arts but often seems arrogant, aloof and completely disinterested. It seems like they are more focused on trying to break your spirit for the purpose of showing you how bad you really are.
This may or not be true, and some people react well to this type of hardcore training but most people don't do well in this type of environment. Instead most people need a healthy balance of caring, tough love, and positive reinforcement. Which type of person are you?
Again, I'm not just talking about their technical skill, although this is important. I'm also talking about other not so obvious qualifications they should have. So instead of just finding out what degree black belt they are, try to find out these things:
These types of questions don't always give you the full picture of your instructor's ability in the martial arts and their level of teaching, but they do give you some idea as to how seriously they take themselves and their school:
Here are signs that your instructor is inexperienced and may not know how to teach a class properly:
A good martial arts instructor will have a lesson plan and avoid these teaching errors that will ultimately result in many students never achieving their black belt.
A good martial arts instructor teaches with caring and enthusiasm..
Hopefully, these ideas and this checklist will give you a better picture of what to look for in a good martial arts instructor and a good karate school. Not only will a good martial arts school welcome your questions, but some even encourage it!
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