5th , 2017
week's thought is from
Domo arigato gozaimasu to Hanshi, the Kyoshi, the Denshi/Shihan, the Shihan, the Sensei, the Black Belts, and the Kyu ranks who made this 55th Anniversary Weekend so special in Florida. Jennifer Sangalang, (promoted to Ni-Dan this weekend) helped memorialize it in her Florida Today article in today's newspaper. Thank you to Kyoshi Seeger for videotaping the groups on the beach Saturday in a new 360º format. Thank you to Hanshi and Kyoshi Seeger and Kyoshi Mackay for running the weekend and for giving everyone more sugar than is legal in several states.
Great weekend everyone.
I would now like to focus on the lifeblood of our system--the White Belts--and our need to keep get more every year, to continue to grow our system.
working with first-time beginners, keep talk to a minimum.
Let them mimic your moves and correct whats necessary.
However, words can be a hindrance to them learning the technique.
After all, theyre trying to learn a lot in a little
time. Words can add another layer of complexity; except
of course to encourage and reward when they do something
correctly: good job, thats it,
the body where appropriate. (Always exercise caution when
touching someone of the opposite sex, so that there can
be no hint of impropriety.)
technique can be broken down into bite-sized pieces. For
instance, if a beginner has difficulty learning a basic
technique, break it down. For instance, while squatting,
have them do the Chudan-uke with just the arms, without
stepping. This makes it simple. Then, once they can do the
arm movements of the technique, have them step while doing
probably nervous. Unsettled. Try to welcome them and make
them feel valued. And point out that theyre making
progressbecause they are. We all learn at a different
pace, but we are always learning, always moving forward.
They just might not be aware of it at first, overwhelmed
by what they dont know. Your validation that theyre
doing it is incentive for them to keep striving.
This TOTW is dedicated to Sensei Eddie Garcia, who made White Belts feel like gold.