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Creation Date: 09-20-2004 04:38 PM
Devon Natario
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  #51 New 11-21-2005 12:30 PM
What does crawl, walk, run mean?
It means you must learn in succession. You have to crawl before you walk, and you have to walk before you run.

You can not teach someone to take balance, do a technique, have perfect footwork, harmonize, use Chi (Ki), transition techniques, and to be aware in one session.

You must break these things down and teach a small portion of them daily until one day the student can put them together. Now you train them in progression so that the training can change so that they can put this together.

Now this is what makes an official class difficult. In a private setting I can teach someone in progression easily, but what happens when you have a diverse setting. How do you make it interesting and how do you progress your students in a class where someone knows nothing, and others know everything.

To be honest there is no happy medium. You are going to have to train the middle group so that no one is left out.

I guess this is why I love teaching private lessons. I teach for free mind you and I am not money oriented. I want to train people to fight. If you want to learn how to fight and defend yourself, I am your man. I will teach you throws, joint locks, kicks, punches, blocks, footwork, Aikido techniques, Muay Thai, groundfighting, breakfalls, etc etc etc.

I will teach you each in progression. I will teach you how to get into a position in such a methodical way that if you get into that position, you will win.

I will teach you how to kick and be able to do combos that will make sure you can land the ones you want. I will teach you how to punch and how to combo so that you can destroy your opponent. I will teach you to have pride, I will develop your stamina, I will teach you to respect, I will teach you how to harmonize and I will teach you how to destroy.

I will teach you all of these things and if you have a poor attitude, I will send you away because teaching a ill tempered student that will not let go of that is not worth it to me. I love humble students, that seek to be better than me.

I am free writing by the way......

Class went well by the way. Baylen did great and is progressing well in stand-up fighting. When we were grappling I pointed things out to him. I wasnt trying to be condescending, I was trying to make him learn. He will be better than me, I will make sure of it. So I will start pointing out his mistakes so that he knows where he fails.

EVERYONE makes mistakes. Some people notice them, some people do not. I notice them all. My job is to make him notice them all.

When I make a mistake, I know I have and I fight my way out of it.

This is how I will train Baylen to be.

Some day he will be a great martial artist.

Great job Baylen.
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#2 11-29-2005 09:28 AM
Yes they are. Thanks for the comment Aikido Ed. Adults do want to run from the start. As an instructor you have to let go of your fear of losing a student though. If a student leaves, they leave. This is where patience is taught, even to adults. Those that want to stay, learn, those that want the quick path will find a McDojo and train or not at all. I guess my analogy to martial artists and Jedi can be used here again. Jedi follow the path of patience, and those that want the quick path follow the dark path. As we all know Good is better than evil here.
#1 11-27-2005 01:14 PM
Aikido Ed Says:
I think, speaking as a beginner to Aikido, the humility necessary to assuming the crawl, walk, run approach to be one of the most difficult undertakings. A good metaphor is learning to play an instrument. A child is delighted when they play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" after a few lessons, whereas adults want to play things of significant complexity. The result, drawing a parallel between these two Arts, is often quitting from frustration. I believe that adults are much more difficult to teach because they already possess other competencies and experiences.

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