Monday, August 08, 2005

Teaching Flashback...

At the old school I used to teach at, I had a Monday night class that was, with the exception of one kid in high school, all female.
The typical class had 4 to 6 women, with only one being a teenager. The rest were women in their 20's to 40's.

That was an interesting class for me to teach, because I couldn't teach them to do techniques the way I did them.
I decended from a long line of WASP farmers and weigh about 50 pounds more than I look, a lot of that being in upper body strength.
Well, Kempo is a system that adapts to the student, not the other way around and I was good training me to live that as a teacher.

Now I'm at a new school with my old instructor, and in my class tonight was four women. The youngest was 20 and the oldest a few years younger than I am. For two of them, it was their second class.

While it's cool to teach black belts and brown belts, it's good to teach beginners too. I reminds you were we all started from and keeps you humble.