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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.


Coaching Communication

Written by Aaron. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Coaching Communication

Following on from methods of communication we use for learning martial arts, the next area of my research project involves communication used by martial arts teachers to coach – b) As a martial arts teacher, what methods of communication do we use to coach?

I see this area of the project; include methods of communication to also mean different communication mediums, as well as the different communication techniques in each area.

A coach needs to be able to control their classes, know what they are doing and make sure they are able to effectively communicate to their students what they are trying to teach them. Coaches teach. Teaching is predominantly made up of talking and so when teaching, a coach uses verbal techniques presenting to one person or to larger class. Method of communications martial arts teachers use to coach include informing. Informing – is the dissemination of information – allows a teacher to coach students’ martial arts and try to reduce misunderstanding. I found this on one website saying:

“There is an old story that, in the First World War, the front line sent a message via runners to the general. The message said: “Send reinforcements, we are going to advance”. By the time the message reached the general it said “send three and fourpence, we are going to a dance”.”

This shows that the way you give information to people can impact the final message received by people and if teachers don’t give the message in a direct clear way to their students, sometimes they don’t get the right message and can end up performing something dangerous and incorrect or even offending students.

Martial arts teachers also use the technique of advice to coach there students. Every student has goals and aspirations they would like to achieve in martial arts. The teacher’s job is to give advice and coach their students in the most relevant ways in order for students to achieve their goals.

Moving back to the communication methods, there is an increase in martial arts teachers posting on blogs and often about coaching. These posts are on blogs for students and the public to read. Some posts are there to coach students into the right mind set for learning martial arts, thus allowing them to reach their full potential. Others explain why we do different things in martial arts, such as repetition giving students a deeper understanding on some aspects they may be unsure on. Also this helps further consolidate what students may have learned in class. This is an easy way for martial arts teachers to coach their students in what they personally think about martial arts and what they think their students should be doing to improve on their practice.

Due to the uprising of YouTube, there is an increase in visual videos posted by martial teachers to coach students. These can vary widely on watch they teach. Some coaches post videos on how to perform and improve certain techniques such as a roundhouse kick, and others post videos of forms and katas for their students to practice in their spare time so they can study what and how their coach is doing the moves and if necessary consult their instructor in their next class.  Methods of communication like this are on the increase however there is a downside. With videos there is no direct interaction with a martial arts instructor so this can lead to some students not practicing safely if they are performing techniques incorrectly, but also lead to “rookies” who’ve never trained before trying to teach themselves which could be unsafe.

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