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I’m a Black Belt, I don’t need to train because I’m a teacher…

Written by bryan. Posted in Coaching

Karate Brighton Hill, Karate Chalk RidgeI’m a Black Belt, I don’t need to train as much…Often the immortal words said by someone who thinks they’ve made it and stops training because they are now an awesome ‘Teacher.’  

Gichin Funakoshi (Founder of Shotokan Karate) said “Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.”

Effectively what he’s saying is that unless one keeps training, then one loses ones skills. You may have become a Black Belt 2, 5, 10, 15 or whatever years ago. But unless you’ve kept up regular practice and training, ideally under a more senior instructor, then sadly your skills atrophy and decline very rapidly.

As a teacher, you have the responsibility to not only keep your skills and knowledge upto date, but to actually improve upon them. If you aren’t then consider what kind of example, as a teacher, you are setting your students.

I’m not going to name them but there are lots of videos on the Internet to serve as evidence, if you can really be bothered to look.  There are many examples of Martial Arts practitioners who were excellent when they trained, but they became teachers and then heads of their own associations and some even became ‘Masters’ (I use that term in a very loose manner) and then became pretty abysmal, due to lack of training

Sure as we get older into our 40s and 50s most of us can’t train in exactly the same way as we used to do when we were in our 20s. The big secret….You don’t have to. You have to train the best that you can right NOW and learn to adapt what you do and how you do it. But you still have to train.

One of my teachers Steve Rowe from Shikon had replacement knees fitted several years ago and there were some very big issues post surgery, which meant he couldn’t walk properly. Three years on and he is finally starting to walk without the aid of a stick. However during that time he has continued to train (and teach) some of the time he’s been seated whilst training and even engaged in pushing hands and other fighting drills this way. Earlier this week when I saw him, he had made a major leap of progress in that he was able to stand on one leg and balance whilst practising a form. It might not sound a lot, but after his surgery that was a fairly big deal and came after six months of hard work to achieve it. The message was clear. Small incremental, intelligent improvement to skills was the way forward.


I’ve been training for a ‘few years’ now, I’ve trained under many of the older generation of top international and national Karate teachers. I could sit back on my laurels and take it easy. I don’t. Why? Well simply there’s still too much too learn and improve upon. To sign off on a ‘fun note’ here’s a short video of me practising some Judo (and getting thrown around) with Chris Doherty 6th Dan from the British Judo Association, (who is the Regional Technical Officer for our area.) and learning how to do it, properly.

If you’re a coach, remember that old adage and make sure in your case it isn’t true. “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, coach.”


My biggest fear and how I will overcome it.

Written by Sophie. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Basingstoke Judo Club - Throw, Tai Otoshi, Fear, Breakfalls, rolling, falling, tripDoing martial arts is difficult sometimes and you can end up doing something that is hard and scary for you but eventually you have to do it and over come it. Like for me, my fear is being thrown to the ground in Judo and sometimes getting hurt. But I have ways to overcome my fear.

One way of overcoming my fear is being able to break fall. Break falling will help me because it will make sure that I will prevent me from hurting myself more than I would without break falling. The stinging up my arms and legs is the sign that the break fall has stopped me from hurting myself badly. I have to make shore I keep my chin tucked in so that I don’t hit my head back onto the floor. This will also help because my hands will take all the shock of the fall as I hit the floor and this will make sure that the rest of me stay together without getting hurt. Break falling is just one way of overcoming my fear.

Another way of overcoming my fear is to trust the person that is throwing me. Trust is vital because you need to know that the person that you are working with is going to look after you and not hurt you. This will give me more confidence to do more without worrying about the worst that could happen to me while doing the thrown. This will also help me because I will know the people that I can trust and work with while leaving the ones I can’t trust who can’t work with me properly. Trust can help me improve my skills and not just my judo but karate as well. I will know the people I can work with and who I can’t. Trust will help me gain my confidence in people and my throws. Another way of overcoming my fear.

Third way of overcoming my fear is repetition. This will help me because I will get use to being thrown that it won’t bother me if I trip or get thrown to the ground really hard. This will also help me improve moves. Practice will help me work at moves I don’t have lots of confidence on. It will also get me used to break falling. Once I have mastered some moves I can start to move on to harder moves. Doing the move lots will help me because I will eventually become more confident and be able to get better and better at it and my fear will slowly go away.

All of these ways can help me get over my fear of being thrown to hard and getting hurt. Break falling will make sure I land safely without causing injury. Also trust in the person who is throwing you is vital because you need to know that the person who you are working with isn’t going to hurt you or throw you to hard. And finally repetition will help because it will get me used to being thrown and getting me used to break falling at the same time. I will also be improving my moves every time I practice. All these ways are going to help me get over my fear.

 By Sophie Pogmore

Martial Arts Standards Agency British Judo British Council for Chinese Martial Arts – National Governing Body The World Union of Karate Federations Shi Kon Martial Arts British Council for Chinese Martial Arts – National Governing Body

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