HOW TO TEACH A MARTIAL ARTS CLASS THAT MAKES SENSE.
Which half of a martial arts class makes sense?
First Half of Class During Kata
Pull your hands to your hip!
Lock your legs in a deep stance!
Aim your punch!
Hold your punch out for form!
Square your body.
Shoulders back for good form.
Double punch to the head & groin.
Square block to stop two attacks.
Second Half of Class During Sparring
Get your hands up!
Get your legs under you so you can move!
Don’t telegraph your punches!
Snap your punch back to guard ASAP!
Tuck your chin!
Turn sideways to protect your center line!
Pull your shoulders up to shield your jaw!
You’re kidding me, right?
That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
How can a school advertise that they teach self-defense yet not allow head contact when sparring? That’s the most common attack in a street fight!
The reason is that most schools lack a system to teach students how to defend their heads.
Most schools spend the first half of class teaching, drilling, and instilling theoretical traditional karate defensive skills.
Then the second half of the class contradicts the first half.
In real life or sparring, who crosses their arms and then steps forward to block a front kick to the groin with a front stance-down block?
I taught just like that for years until I started to question these skills.
This lesson from this chapter of the MATA Certification Program is on How To Teach Sparring So Your Students Don’t Drop Out.
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