Posts Tagged ‘Martial Arts qualifications’
Does experience matter?
You don’t need to be a Black Belt to teach!
Part of this argument is valid, in that in order to be a good teacher, you need to be a good communicator at many levels and in many different ways. In the past, I’ve seen people as high as 7th Dan, who technically were good at Karate, but were awful at teaching it and developing their students.
You need to be a Black Belt to teach!
People below black belt are unlikely to have the requisite depth of knowledge to be a competent and effective teacher, even if the syllabus that they teach is simplistic in the extreme.
What’s the reality?
Sport England’s Clubmark (Sport’s Quality Kitemark) say this about coaches:-
Coaching staff have a key role in establishing an appropriate coaching environment and creating a successful playing programme. All sports have to demonstrate that coaches are trained to appropriate levels and that the activity undertaken in the club reflects best practice in the development of young people. For example. coaches are required to ensure that young people do not train excessively or in conditions that may cause injury or discomfort. The emphasis within Clubmark is that coaches are supported in their professional development, so when new ideas or updates (e.g., LTAD) become available the NGB supports its coaches to understand and implement them.
Both coaches and students need to aware and mindful of what they are doing and who they are doing it with. Good training.
I have a dream….
That one day Martial Arts will not be thought of as ‘separate’ Martial Arts, that the politics of structures like Karate, Ju Jitsu, Kung Fu, Taekwondo and Aikido are consigned to history – that Martial Arts will retain it’s diversity without the politics and have just one Governing Body dealing only with club structure, safety and the various types of competition….
That there will be no politics of styles, no Wado, no Shotokan, no Hun Gar, no GKR, no Tomiki, no ITF that everyone will be working to be the best they can and eventually transcending the ‘style’ of their teachers with their own personal development and style will be where they came from and not a prison for the future…
That there will be no restriction on who can train with whom….
That there will be no bad politics, because there is no separation of the arts, no separate styles, that we will all belong to the one brotherhood of self development through Martial Arts training…
That people will understand that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are simply subjective depending on where you are on the spectrum from Buddhist Priest to Cage Fighter…
That people will choose where they want to train and that clubs and Instructors will survive by the grace and choice of the students….
Appreciation that many people want to start in a less than intensive community style class or club and move forward to a higher standard when they feel ready but the pathways to progression are clearly laid out…
That Martial Arts truly are for everyone; from athlete to special needs, from the very young to the very old, whether they are visually impaired, limbless, in a wheelchair, lack mobility, are chair bound, whatever gender, race or religion they be….
That the required standards surrounding a Martial Arts club will be on safety and structure, qualifying and training coaches and volunteers, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a high level of health and safety and giving equity to all types of students with fair pricing, so that Martial Arts can be appreciated for what they are and fit into the community structure…
That instructors and coaches are prepared to share and learn throughout their career to become the best at what they do, some instructors can specialise in children, some in competition, some in older people, some in special needs, some in fitness and health, but all will feel appreciation for each other…
That the ethos handed down to us from the past is the ‘tradition’ we talk about with an unbroken line of wisdom from the ancients validated by science, our good health and vigour, mental awareness and concentration, good manners and physical testing….
Chairman of Martial Arts Standards Agency