Paul Herbert wrote:SusanW wrote: Karate differs from other sports in that it's the norm for everyone to be a karateka for life - you don't give up training as you approach middle age and move into coaching. You keep training and you keep pushing back the boundaries. That's what karate is all about. Now, if an instructor isn't very good themselves then I ask myself why? If they really do understand what it takes to be good, then why aren't THEY good? If they can't teach themselves then obviously they can't teach me either
I agree 100% but there are far too many armchair karate instructors out there. You're only as good as your last training session as far as i'm concerned. Yes instructors may be restricted by their body types and perhaps health and injuries to the level they maintain/attain but they still have to be able to walk the walk. The first black-belt I ever bought fits me and hangs the same length as it did 18 years ago, unlike some of the instructors around today who's belts resemble a bow-tie!!!!
As far as teaching is concerned - make them sweat, make them laugh and lead by example. Explain it well but demonstrate it better. Know when to mix it up and throw in the odd gem to keep all levels interested and inspired.
I agree with Paul here completey your their to inspire and show/demonstrate the techniques efectievly and to do this you must be in regular training yourselves. Knowlegde is very important more so is to show your still working hard to maintain standard also. Graet point Paul couldnt have out it better myself