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    Question for all Instructors: What made you want to teach?

    For those here who are Sifus, Instructors, Coaches, ect. what made you want to teach? I'm just curious as to what point in your journey in martial arts did you decide to teach.

    For me personally I wanted to give others the oppourtunity to learn the things I have and add something to the system.
    "The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". -Cus D'Amato

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    I could not pin point any reason. I just started out liking helping others during class, while I was a student. I would see people struggling with a technique and I would feel compelled to go help them. Eventually my teacher asked me if I wanted to become an instructor.

    The rest is history.

    ginosifu

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginosifu View Post
    I could not pin point any reason. I just started out liking helping others during class, while I was a student. I would see people struggling with a technique and I would feel compelled to go help them. Eventually my teacher asked me if I wanted to become an instructor.

    The rest is history.

    ginosifu

    That is pretty much my story as well.
    Master of Shaolin I-Ching Bu Ti, GunGoPow and I Hung Wei Lo styles.

    I am seeking sparring partner. Any level. Looking for blondes or redhead. 5'2" to 5'9". Between 115-135 weight class. Females between 17-30 only need apply. Will extensively work on grappling.

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    I have little or no desire for teaching. :-)

    I do like to exchange with individuals who already know something.

    I especially don't like teaching kids. lol

    I think you guys that do teach kids are ok in my books. I really can't be bothered with that sort of thing. Plus the whole "coming of age" period, I am not interested in that either.

    Just old school boys club type stuff.
    Kung Fu is good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    I have little or no desire for teaching. :-)

    I do like to exchange with individuals who already know something.

    I especially don't like teaching kids. lol

    I think you guys that do teach kids are ok in my books. I really can't be bothered with that sort of thing. Plus the whole "coming of age" period, I am not interested in that either.

    Just old school boys club type stuff.
    I second this thought. Plus, teaching is a huge commitment. I don't think people realize it when they start teaching, but you have to be there, and you should be there for the long haul if you decide to teach because your students depend on you.

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    every school that I was in, they always had me assist with the instruction. I had a gift for breaking things down, patience, compassion, and passion for Martial arts.
    When you teach, each little victory a student feels when they overcome a problem, or succeed at learning a technique, is my victory as well. When I see that light in their eyes, or when they become empowered, it becomes instant payback.
    Of course the downside is when big guys start to develop their power...it sux holding the pads for them!
    "OOFF! Nice kick.....why don't you go over there and work with Mike for awhile..."
    "My Gung-Fu may not be Your Gung-Fu.
    Gwok-Si, Gwok-Faht"

    "I will not be part of the generation
    that killed Kung-Fu."

    ....step.

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    This is an interesting approach to teaching:
    http://crazymonkeydefense.com/cmd/?page_id=211

    very customer centric and breaks away from the traditional model.

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    Another big part I don't like is the daddy complex latch ons that invariably show up.

    They are the poorly socialized folks who project an ideal onto you and then when you don't meet that ideal because you are actually you, these people go all to sh1t and troubles about it.

    That is the main thing that I really don't like about taking on the position of teacher. It is a huge responsibility when it comes to the unformed mind. i'm not equipped to adequately deal with those types of people and I am not interested in becoming equipped to do so either! lol

    yes, most of the time you are dealing with fairly mentally stable people, but in Martial arts, trust me, a percentage of you guys are already borderline nut cases and certainly the potential student body has it's share.

    I mean people actually used to show up at the club and they wanted to learn how to do the tree walking like in crouching tiger and they are SERIOUS!!
    Kung Fu is good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron_Eagle_76 View Post
    For those here who are Sifus, Instructors, Coaches, ect. what made you want to teach? I'm just curious as to what point in your journey in martial arts did you decide to teach.

    For me personally I wanted to give others the oppourtunity to learn the things I have and add something to the system.
    both teaching and learning are an ongoing process.

    we learn from both.

    you may impart and pass on whatever you learned and understood to the younger generation.

    we also learn from interaction with students.

    --


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    Because Kung Fu should be preserved and taught to those who are cut out for it

    To maintain my own health and continue to improve my skills

    Because our master ran a great traditional school and it was our haven

    To produce trained people to maintain the school and it's functions

    Because I was too far away from life in the years I competed most with it and now wish to posess it more since I have time from struggling with it less

    To share as many and as much of all the good things of kung fu as any person can handle - may the well never be dry

    To facilitate those who choose the monk's way and life, whatever their life and circumstances are

    To preserve the inner as well as the outer and all the teachings that often get neglected in the pursuit of martial prowess, which is a little empty and weaker without them

    .....and I needed something to do
    "The perfect way to do, is to be" ~ Lao Tzu

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    I like it.
    "In the world of martial arts, respect is often a given. In the real world, it must be earned."

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    I never wanted to instruct, it was just a way for me to get more lessons.

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    Lol! Pragmatist ~
    "The perfect way to do, is to be" ~ Lao Tzu

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