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Communications in Martial Arts and Work/Education

Written by Aaron. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Talking about work and education

Following on from my previous update on communication skills in other sports, in this update, I will be looking at how these same skills are transferable into work and education. However as a student with little experience of work I will focus mainly on communication in education.

When I was looking at the methods we use to learn martial arts, I identified different types of learners:

  • Auditory (like things explained)
  • Visual (prefer to what demonstrations)
  • Kinaesthetic (prefer to learn through doing)

In schools, when a teacher is teaching a lesson, they too have to engage each different type of learner, so that they gain the best from what they are being taught. For example in science; we often learn about an experiment or theory theoretically through book work, and then so everyone fully understands we actually do they experiment or practical to put what we have learned into practice. This is especially useful for learning for exams. By using a combination of all three methods, we are more likely to remember whatever it is for the exam. I can justify this be saying it does work, after passing all of my science exams, it must of worked.

When practicing a technique in martial arts with a partner, we give feedback. This is where we tell them what is wrong and how they can improve. This can be adapted for education. Teachers and fellow students who mark your work are told to give a comment of what is good and provide constructive criticism and then suggest ways for them to improve their work. As in martial arts it’s the teachers duty to point out mistakes at remind everyone how to do/perform something properly.

In education we are set homework where we study something at home. This is important as it helps to consolidate the information we learn in class and makes sure we can apply it and

remember it. I feel independent study in martial arts is important to for the same reasons. If you’re like me and have to study for exams and other elements of education you often forget katas and forms so home practice is essential so we don’t forget them and also it help to improve the way we do them.

If teaching, it can be very easy to create misunderstanding amongst students. I find if a teacher at school isn’t being clear with what they are saying; it can often become difficult to pick up

what they are teaching. Thankfully, as our martial arts teachers do, they check to see if they are being clear and if we do understand. An example of a lesson very similar to martial arts is PE (Physical Education). PE can be taught outside or inside and expands a wide range of sports and therefore a wider range of techniques. When teaching outside, it will be harder for students to hear you – due to background noise – so you have to use both non visual and visual techniques. This allows the teacher to try to reduce confusion for the students being taught.

When visiting The AA for my work experience in the summer, I became a member of a small team. Despite my lack of experience at work, I could see that when working in a team communication was essential to the team solving their problems they were tasked to do so. Due to the variety of different people in a working environment, everyone’s opinion and views have to be taken into account and shared effectively with others. This means the leader, much like a teacher has to communicate in a way that suits each individual. Another skill transferable between martial arts and work is giving good feedback. Praise allows a business’s employees to feel important and work better with their team.


Communicating in other sports

Written by Aaron. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

brochure_communicationCommunicating in other sports

The next part of my project can be broken down into different topics, which I shall report over a few updates. This part of the project will look over some of the communication techniques and methods talked about in the previous updates about learning and coaching.

“C) How are the skills you have talked about transferable between sports, work/education, and socially?”

In this update I shall explore how we transfer these skills into other sports.

As martial arts are sports, most of the communication skills used in it can be used in the same way in other sports. I have recently finished my sports leaders level 1 course at school, where we have learned the necessary skills to referee and teach sports. Other sports use lots of communication, from the play, to the learning and coaching. When teaching sport we have to use verbal and non verbal communication.

Depending on where you are teaching, you have to project your voice so you are able to be heard by everyone you are instructing to, so they don’t misunderstand what you are telling them. This is like this in martial arts too. A major aspect is how you communicate through a warm up for example, as everyone is moving and if you are outside for a lesson projection can be difficult if there is wind; projection and clarity is key.

As I have previously said, communication is as much non verbal as it is verbal. We have been recently been playing Badminton in PE for the past few weeks; learning the different shots will be extremely difficult without watching a demonstration. Also our teacher involves some of his students in the demonstration, allowing them to experience firsthand how to do something hands on, as some people prefer. In all sports I think 50% of learning and teaching is done by watching and explaining as this is the easiest way for us to learn or teach. This satisfies the different ways people can learn.

Team sports use the same techniques for communication was team elements in martial arts, such as team kata. There always has to be a leader to follow, but you have to follow the team as well. Teams have to communicate with each other whether it is verbal in volleyball or football, or non-verbally following each other’s or the leader’s queues in team katas or performance sports.

When learning any sport, in order to improve you have to receive feedback and advice from your peers and your coach as well. In order to improve our kicks in martial arts our coaches give as tips on how to change our techniques. In order to improve our kick in football or shoot in basketball or swing in golf we get people to look at what we are doing and they give us feedback on how to improve. Also when learning any sport your communication needs to be clear and you need to coach in a way in which everyone is able to understand, but as well as this the person learning needs to be able to communicate effectively, otherwise the teacher won’t know if they are taking in what they are teaching. I believe this essential for teachers to check with their students in all sports that they understand.

My next update will continue the transferring of these skills and how we use them in education or at work.

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