Instructor / Student Relationship

By | August 1st, 2017|Room for thought|

In a traditional martial art, the student/instructor relationship is a special one. It is formed over time and at the heart of it, I believe, are trust and loyalty. What many instructors and students forget is that it is a two-way street. Trust and loyalty must flow in both directions. When integrity is lacking on [...]

Learn the lesson

By | April 15th, 2015|Room for thought|

This past weekend I had the great opportunity and privilege of training under the instruction of Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, son of the founder of Taekwon-Do (Gen. Choi Hong Hi) and President of the ITF. He was assisted by other Grand Masters and Masters of the highest caliber. Since I was a white belt [...]

Student Speech

By | October 22nd, 2014|Room for thought|

When it comes to grading students to their black stripe, I ask students to prepare a short speech on Taekwon-Do before they take on the final stretch towards achieving black belt – it can relate to any aspect of their training or journey in Taekwon-Do. This is my student, Peter Stander’s speech. He is a [...]

What makes a good Instructor?

By | September 4th, 2014|Room for thought|

I am often asked this question by others, and I often question myself about this subject. I don’t believe a good Instructor has to be the best martial artist in order to be the best Instructor. There are many brilliant martial artists out there who wouldn’t be able to teach a pig to snort. The [...]

Pick and Choose?

By | April 1st, 2012|Room for thought|

I get potential students coming into the club who don’t really seem to be interested in the martial art as a whole. They would prefer to pick and choose what they will and won’t do in a class. “Do I have to wear a dobok (training outfit)?”, “I don’t like sparring so can I sit [...]