When I started teaching Shorin-ryu in Toronto, I found that I really had to change my
style of instruction.
While at Midtown, I taught occasionally and always focused on over-emphasizing
techniques. This resulted in a slower paced class. In a dojo with numerous instructors,
this was fine, as a class such as I taught could be tempered by other instructors who
focused on workouts and strength exercises.
When I took this approach in Toronto, I found an interesting development. The workouts
which were so wonderful at Midtown were lacking in my classes. This was because I would
spend far too long explaining the purpose of a technique. For students who did not have
other classes to develop stamina and strength, it was too one sided. In addition, students
would also have too many corrections to focus on. I blame this on my immaturity as a
teacher. Now, though still focused on techniques, I try to explain only one each class and
focus instead on kata and exercise repetition. Feedback from my students is more favorable
for this style of teaching, as they feel that they are getting a greater health benefit
from Karate. This train of thought follows the "Karate journey" philosophy.
Karate is a path, and students must follow it at their own pace, don't try to kick start