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The Problem With Martial Arts Instructors

There are the common problems of the many teachers, and we are talking the lowest of the low.

These are not the fellows who demand discipline and deserved respect, but rather see dominance. They just want to be in charge, be the whip cracker, and they have as their goal the suppression of students, unless that student happens to end up like them, a dominator who demands bows instead of perfection.

Then there is the money hog martial arts instructor. He is in it for the business. Yes, we do have to make a living, but these guys haven’t looked at another system for years, have not upgraded their own learning, except to learn about unbreakable contracts and how to resign somebody… instead of relying on the instruction being delivered perfectly and in such a way that the student yearns to resign.

The physical hound of a teacher. More into push ups and the perfect body, not into perfection of technique, and how that technique elevates the student into his or her own character.

The True Believer Martial Arts instructor, a fellow who believes that his system is right, who bad mouths all other systems. This is a fellow who cannot learn. And, if he cannot learn, how can he hope to teach?

In naming these types of Martial Arts instructors we are really isolating character deficiencies, and that is a shame. The fellow who seeks trophies as opposed to himself, the guy who wants to use the dojo to pick up chicks, these are lame, and they do not do the true art service.

The ideal teacher might have dabbles of these deficiencies, but in such a way that they become attributes, and this makes it difficult to isolate and identify the good martial arts instructors.

The best martial arts instructor, however, will have one character attribute above all others. He will not inject his own character into the art, but rather let the art speak.

He will move in such a way that others will admire, but he will not speak in such a way that others will want to copy him. This is a VERY fine line, and it is walked by only a few.

The message here is to teach the art, don’t teach the self. Don’t speak and draw attention away form the True Art, rather, let the True Art speak, and all will listen.