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In my years of learning Martial Arts I never realized how many techniques I really knew. I've started doing private lessons with a youngster named Kyle madsen.
This kid has no experience what so ever. I am here to mold him and give him his basis in martial arts. Its a heavy load.
I think about things while Im teaching him and I think about martial concepts and how these things would really be put to use on the streets or in combat when necessary.
I think about our classes prior to having them. I think about what I want to teach him and I put things in a mental syllabus for the next day.
Tonight I just couldn't sleep. I sat up in bed thinking about Kaiten Nage and how it can be used when someone is trying to tackle you. I thought about a wrestling technique where you push your opponent to the ground and raise your legs and swing around to their back side, I think about the Guillotine and how it can be used in conjunction with placing your opponent in the guard by jumping on them. All of thse moves just for a tackle.
I get so excited about teaching these techniques that I just cant sleep. My adrenaline pumps and I cant wait to see Kyle learn the moves.
I live for teaching. I think I put too much into my students at times and I hope I dont scare them away with theory and the amount of things I teach. But I look at it like when i was a student. A teacher couldnt teach me fast enough. I could learn a kata overnight, I would learn a new move and mentally practice it at school, find friends to do it on, teach others just so Id have a chance to do the move again, and even when I got older I would do the same things, but at work and at home.
I once told someone that I had been taking martial arts all my life and he said, "Yes, Im a black belt in Karate, its one of the best hobbies Ive ever had."
I was offended. He said "Hobby". This isnt a hobby for me, its a way of life. Thats like calling my religion a hobby. Not to compare the two, but martial arts and religion define who I am.