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Wayland’s Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do


This handout is a guide for all black belts, whether you like it or not you have joined an elite group.   When that first student asks you that first question you will take on a whole new meaning as a martial artist. “Sensei”



The Four Loves of a Sensei

   1)         Love the martial arts.

   2)         Love teaching and learning.

   3)         Love people.

   4)         Love growth and challenges.




The Things for a Sensei to Avoid

   1)         Never ridicule a student.

   2)         Never make discriminatory remarks.

   3)         Never push students excessively hard (avoid burnout).

   4)         Never show favoritism.




The Sensei Checklist

   1)         Have dedication and a serious attitude toward teaching.

   2)         Know martial arts philosophy, history and techniques.

   3)         Organize your class and materials.

   4)         Understand your students and monitor their progress.

   5)         Communicate with your students.

   6)         Encourage feedback from your students.

   7)         Use a little humor to make your class more open and relaxed.

   8)         Use a positive attitude and enthusiasm to motivate your class.

   9)         Have a demanding and energetic approach, and stimulate a dynamic atmosphere.

   10)       Use creativity and imagination to improve techniques and your method of teaching.

   11)       Grade fairly and impartially to gain respect from student

   12)       Educate yourself and your students through open tournaments, seminars and media (books,

                magazines and videotapes).

   13)       Set goals for your students.

14)          14)       Use both hard and soft techniques for balance and to help your students build stamina.

   15)       Emphasize safety (keep your class under control).

   16)       Tutor students who need additional help.

   17)       Begin and dismiss class on time.




The Sensei’s Magic 12 " Tions"

Simplification: It's easer for a student to concentrate on one thing at a time.  Break each technique into several logical steps, so the student can focus on its basic parts.


Demonstration: In slow motion, show the student how the separate parts of a technique flow together (angles, front and side views).


Explanation: Discuss how, when, and why to use the technique.


Repetition: Practice makes perfect.  Have your students repeat the technique on each side until they are proficient.


Correction: Work with each student individually and systematically to correct each technique.


Motivation: Enthusiastic encouragement is the key to motivating your students.  Students in any discipline respond best to an instructor who shows understanding and caring.


Dedication: Setting a good example shows your commitment to excellence in the martial arts.  This will help students to strive for greater accomplishments.


Communication: Students and teacher need to occasionally talk about training, feelings and philosophy to prevent any misunderstandings.  Senseis should also set down and discuss their approaches to teaching.


Reflection: Make sure time is taken to ponder and analyze input from students and other students.


Evaluation: Make an objective assessment of your teaching ability, class preparation, and overall attitude toward this important contribution.  Make the necessary adjustments and you will feel more in control of your teaching endeavors.


Creation: You cannot be taught to be a good teacher.  You improve through consistent practice and by adding your own creativity to your teaching methods.


Interrelation: Outside the Dojo members can build camaraderie and friendship without the confines of a teacher/student relationship.  This will make the dojo a more inviting and harmonious place to learn.


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