How can I evaluate martial arts instructors?
When looking at a martial art, it’s okay to be a novice. You shouldn’t be expected to have the knowledge to judge the effectiveness of an instructor or the validity of what they are showing.
In leading drills, does the instructor demonstrated the capability of altering instruction to motivate or need the needs of the individual students’ minds and bodies to produce outcomes, or is the focus on outputs of “intensity” or “speed” with which the students move? Do the motions and mechanics of the drills through which the instructor leads student seem structurally harmful?
Chances are if something looks unhealthy in either how is approached or how it is executed, it likely is. Humans are not one-size-fits-all. We are wondrously diverse in body and mind. Instruction that is not able to account for, embrace, and accentuate this diversity is often potentially dangerous.
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