One of the first questions prospective student ask me is How do you incorporate new students into your classes.
The answer I usually give them is that Martial arts classes are not like college where everyone starts and ends at the same time.
You will be coming into a class where some of the students have been training for six months or more.
Sometimes the new student may be intimidated by having to be in a class where they might not know exactly what to do or how things work.
As a teacher I basically have 3 different things I can do to help out new students.
In a mixed level class, one way to get everyone on the same level is to teach something that is new to everyone. The curriculum for the style of kung fu is vast.
Basically, we teach a new movement that students have not seen yet. This evens the playing field and everyone learns together. There is one drawback to this method.
Students who are constantly shown new techniques do not get to practice the techniques they have already learned, so they do not end up perfecting those movements.
Second, I could run the class where I teach the fundamentals of a fighting technique and then add on for the advanced students.
I could possibly add on a variation of the technique or I could add on additional follow ups, or I could change the type of attack they are defending against. This technique works really well when I have a larger class.
Lastly, I could possible break up the class into groups. This allows student of similar levels to learn the material needed with people who have a similar level of experience.
I use this only occasionally because this requires multiple instructors and that is not always available. Another reason we don’t use this technique very often is that new student can learn a lot form student with more experience.
I also firmly believe that when older students teach newer student they learn a lot form the act of teaching. Older students are forced to verbalize the steps required for the self defense techniques and this in turn solidifies their own skills.
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