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Teaching Concepts

Teaching Concepts

The definition of teaching is to present material in a competent manner, which causes the desired learning to occur. The reason people teach Karate vary, but one of the most important reasons is to accept responsibility to develop leadership within the organization and other skills necessary to improve the quality of the practitioner in the next generation. Much effort and self-discipline are required to develop these skills. But learning to care for and to lead others will develop character and make life meaningful.

Since knowledge and information in the civilized world has come from work of people whom lived before us, there is an obligation to those who come after. Understanding this will develop a strong respect for seniors and a strong feeling of responsibility for juniors. This responsibility to juniors or future generations is an obligation to posterity.

The how to teach format of the World Sansei Goju-Ryu Karate Organization will be broken down into four parts;

 Human Relation skills, Knowledge of contents, planning skills, and instructional skills.

Human relations skills

One of the most effective ways to teach is by becoming a living example. For this reason, the instructor needs to be a positive role to the student. This position is necessary for the instructor to influence and build the students character and life. To further the responsibility, the instructor must realize that every time he/she is in contact with the student, whether or not he/she is in the Dojo. His/her actions make a big impression. Both the young and older students need a living example. An instructor is much more effective if the adult has respect for the instructor’s personal habit and lifestyle.

When dealing with parents of a student, the instructor must understand that they play an important part in the teaching team. It is a good idea for the instructor to explain to the parents the goals and teaching methods he is using. This is necessary for the parents to know they can encourage the child and help assist is the learning process. Parents must realize the benefits and the reasoning of the rank system; the parents must also realize the benefits of individual and class discipline. The support of the parents is critical in achieving optimal progress of the student. It is the instructor’s job to communicate this to the parents so that they fully understand their role as a member of the teaching team.

Class management skills are equally important in developing a professional teaching style. The Instructor is most effective when he/she controls the emotional climate of the class. The following skills can generate and maintain motivation in the students and their desire to learn:

Set the attitude and tone of the class.

Create a positive atmosphere.

Use a personal approach.

Set direct goals.

Give thoughtful feedback to student response.

Give praise.

Give positive correction rather than criticism.

Refer to the student by name.

Teach the concept of personal achievement.

 Knowledge or content

An Instructor must know and understand all the Kata in the system, sparing techniques, self-defense sets, first aid, and all other requirements within the rank of expertise. This means the instructor must be ready to answer any questions about ant technique. He/she must keep up their physical ability necessary to perform and demonstrate the techniques of the student may be correct. This means the Instructor should make time outside of class to maintain his/her own training regiment, not only foe themselves but for the students as well.

Planning skills 

All daily instruction should be directed towards the physical (rank) advancement and mental development of the student. The Sansei Organization has a carefully planned progression of techniques desired to be at the student’s current level and to aim toward more advanced technique exercise that can be taken directly from the Kata at his/her level. The Sansei Organization also gives planning guides to make the best use of class time between testing. The planning guides begging by setting the individual student’s goal. By successfully passing the required testing, the student can achieve all the study objective. Monthly goals are divided by weekly goals. The weekly goals are broken down into daily goals or class period. After selecting the techniques and materials to be covered, the session should be planned accordingly.

Direct Teaching from outline program

A. Teach directly from lesson program devised by instructor, so that all basic, intermediate and advanced classes get complete coverage. 

B. Uniformity in Teaching

C.  Complete lesson plan at al times

D. Give all attention to beginner students.

     Class Organization


A. Teach Kata is small classes in triangle

B. Teach Kata in large classes in diamond form.

C. Teach Small class, in a single line.

D. Teach Kata in not more than six movements at a time



Basic Principles of Teaching

A. Explain thoroughly. Talk clearly and loudly.

B. Sit or stand students at attention, or in selected stance, while explaining.

C. Demonstrate technique.

D. Perform technique, front view, without talking.

E. Perform technique, side view.

F. Perform technique, back view.

G. Do not explain or talk while performing technique.

H. Demonstrate technique.

I. Perform technique in slow motion study.

J. Perform technique full speed.

K. A student performs technique.

L. Pair up students and have them perform technique.

M. Correct each student separately.


Compliment each student

A. In every class session, each student must be complimented for doing at least one thing right (build confidence).




Duties of the Assistant Instructor

A. To assist the instructor.



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