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Take Time Teachinig

I watched a television program about building construction. A high rise was being constructed. For each floor, they would mix the cement, test it, and then pour it.

For some reason, the tests were either not done or done incorrectly for two floors and the cement mix was not proper. Even though they had already gone on to the next level, they had to go back and jack hammer out the two tainted floors. Naturally, this took a lot of time, money, and manpower. It took much longer to remove the floors than it did to pour them. And there is a chance that the removal could damage the structure. It would have been much more efficient to perform the tests correctly.

Teaching Karate is a lot like this. We build up our students lesson upon lesson. The higher floors, so to speak, are supported by the lower ones. If the third and fourth floors are incorrect, the more you place on top of them the greater the likelihood that the whole structure could collapse.

So it is better to take your time when teaching. Don't rush. Undoing mistakes takes far more time and far more energy than teaching correctly in the first place. In fact, some students never seem to be able to be corrected.

Think about this for a moment. What student is most unlikely to be able to be corrected?

The answer is a student who has become a teacher. When you see teachers with obvious mistakes, it is likely that they are too "advanced" to ever change.

So we should try to get it right the first time. No matter how long it takes, it will take less time than correcting an error later.

Changing a tile on the roof is much easier than re-excavating the foundation!


Charles C. Goodin