August 16th , 2015
From Sempai Dennis Flynn
Ni-Dan Shihan Cocoa YMCA Dojo
What is your level of commitment?
Now that I am the Shihan of a dojo, I often think about how I can increase the commitment level of my students. I have some that consistently meet my expectations of two or more classes a week; I have some that come close; and, I have some that fall short.
I have some students, who have a high commitment level, but because their parents don't bring them to class as often as they should, fall behind in their training and don't meet the requirements for promotion; due to no fault of their own.
1. Effectively Communicate: Have an attractive, relevant, user friendly website (feel free to check out the Cocoa YMCA site at:www.ueshirococoa.com for some ideas).
· Keep a student list with contact information updated. I have all the e-mail address of all my students/parents. I e-mail them with updates, testing information, event schedules, etc.
· Keep your bulletin boards, class schedules, event information, and such updated with current information.
· Make sure the parents of your child students get all the information you are sharing with your students. Parent involvement is the key. Students may not always update their parents.
· Karate is hard work, Karate requires mental toughness, Karate is physically demanding: we can accomplish all of these necessary things: and still have an enjoyable class, an engaging class, a motivating class: a class where everyone feels welcomed and a part of what we are trying to accomplish as a group. Have a lot of positive energy in the class whenever possible. Especially if you have a lot of children in your classes, as is the case with my dojo.
3. Encourage Participation:
· Remember: we are teachers, and the dojo is our classroom. Student participation is vital to keeping their attention, keeping them interested, keeping them coming back. Ask questions: How many moves are in that kata? Who is the composer? Who is on the Shindin wall? What is your favorite kata? Your favorite move? Have the students demonstrate their kata: both in groups and individually. Recognition is important too!
Shihan Cocoa YMCA Dojo