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Old 02-27-2009, 07:49 PM   #126
Phil Parsons
Dojo: Makotokan Dojo
Location: Halifax, NS
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4
Re: Instructors of low rank

I'm the lowest ranking instructor on the student-instructor rotation at my dojo, at 2nd kyu. When I teach, I just pick some techniques and try to focus on a theme, and then break people up into groups by rank so they can train on techniqes at their own level. I ask the students who are senior to me for some input when explaining a technique, as I am explaining it primarily for the sake of junior students.

As a senior student being instructed by a lower-ranking student, the most important thing to remember is that you should be supportive of the class and contribute to the training. Furthermore, keep it in mind that it is as much a learning experience for the instructor as it is for the students. If you have something to contribute to the instruction, offer it, but don't hijack the class.
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