In Ji Yong Martial Arts
“Upon the martial path, many seek, some learn, and few possess both the fire and the expertise to teach”
All instructors teach with patience. Instructors remember starting as beginners, and understand what it is like to learn a martial art for the first time. Initial instruction is usually one-on-one, providing the new student with a personalized experience that promotes growth at the student’s pace. The student can use the martial art as a means of exploring their own strengths and weaknesses. The IJY Instructors feel it is a privilege to bring the knowledge of this school to our students.
Similar to a cooking recipe, certain experiences are needed to progress the individual toward positive change. This “recipe of experiences” is generalized as the student starts class. There is an emphasis on self defense and building awareness, as well as learning to enjoy the martial arts. However, each individual is different, and over the first few weeks the instructors will tailor the student’s experiences so that they get the most out of class.
Some schools don’t modify their program, preferring to keep a general recipe for each student. While this makes it easier to teach, the student looses the personalized experience and may soon grow to feel that “martial arts isn’t for me”.
“Training methods must have the ability to adapt as the student grows and gains ability within the program.”
In Ji Yong instructors will modify the curriculum and teaching techniques in order to best serve the student (which in turn best serves the martial art). This tailored “recipe” is adjusted as the student progresses. As the student grows from experience, their way of learning may change. The teaching method reflects this change by adjusting teaching techniques in order to benefit the student in the most productive way.
Adapting the program initially to the student, then adjusting mid-course to maintain efficiency of learning is a very difficult task. Luckily, In Ji Yong instructors have benefited from a complete system of learning that includes specific teaching methods designed to progress the students in the most efficient way possible. The magic of the teaching method is not just in the techniques, but in the underlying framework in which the techniques are put into context.
Efficiency in Learning
The instructors believe the process of learning is as important as the information learned. Specific teaching techniques are used to cultivate an environment where students will get the most out of their time. An obvious example is the use of a Kihap (or focused yell) at the end of each technique. While this serves as a necessary safety function to designate when one student is finished, there are many other benefits to using a focused yell. Coupling the strike with a Kihap ensures that the student is breathing. Often beginners will hold their breath, which diminishes their power and adds to overall fatigue. The refinement of the focused yell coupled with a strike also combines the physical movement with a focused state of mind. Over time this focused state can be achieved just by the use of a Kihap. In real life, situations requiring self defense happen very quickly, and the faster one can get into a defensive mindset, the better their chances are. Making noise is also beneficial for one who is being attacked. By using the Kihap in the process of training, the student will gain all of these advantages while practicing or learning new techniques. Many other mechanisms are in place to cultivate a sense of awareness and readiness for self defense.
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