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Teaching Karate 7 -- Rank

Don't emphasize rank unless you want your students to be motivated by rank. Rank is, at best, a rather artificial way of recognizing the ability of Karate students. At worst, rank is completely arbitrary.

Emphasize the things you want your students to learn. If you emphasize other things, don't be surprised if your students become motivated by them.

If you think that rank is important, please keep that in mind the next time you meet a 10 or 12 year old sandan.


Charles C. Goodin