This is something that i have thought for quite sometime now, and i have also talked about it with some friends, and that is the role of an instructor.
Instructor has a big responsibility in so many different ways, and as a martial art instructor you have even a bigger responsibility. Because of what a martial arts instructor teach can ultimately save one persons life or not depending on what and how he or she choose to teach it.
I feel fortunate that i have the chance to meet so many professional and skilled instructors. Looking back to those experiences, i have thought to myself: Did these instructors have something in common besides being very good at their respective arts. My answers was Yes, there are some things that are a common quality with these people.
I think by structuring these quality you will becoming one step closer to what defines the role of an Instructor.
So the quality that i found wich overlapped on all the instructors that i have come in contact with was:
- Knowing how to put the correct pressure on the student
One of the most important qualities of an Instructor is the ability to inspire his or hers students. I believe that an Instructor can move the students in the right direction even if he has a lesser skills than other Instructors if he knows how to inspire his or hers students. Another impressing quality is an Instructor who knows how to pressure his or hers students, so even if you are a beginner student or a season student you will feel the pressure and don’t feel safe.
So the first part I have talked about the quality that i found common in world renown Instructors, it should be said that these Instructors has a lot of other good quality, what i did was, i looked at them and tried to figured what common denominator to get closer of the role as an Instructor.
The whole reason to why I am writing this is to develop myself as a future Instructor, so when the time is right I’ll be the best that i can be, i think it was Tony Robbins (http://www.tonyrobbins.com/) that in beginning of his career did a similar idea, but what he did if i am not mistaken, was to interviewed people who has had a great success in their careers. I highly recommend the book ”A Note from a friend” with Tony Robbins, it is a very good and short book, truly a good inspirational book. I have instead made my assumptions and theories on visual and audio perception, i believe that is important to say.
So comments and constructive criticism is always welcome…and hopefully other instructors season or not could get some inspiration…It should also be noted that this does not reflect a system, style or a specifics schools opinon. It is my opinon and thoughts, collected through the years of training and discussions with friends…