Martial Arts Instruction: Applying Educational Theory and Communication Techniques in the Dojo

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While the old adage, "those who can't do, teach," is not entirely true, all too often "those who can do" cannot teach effectively. This book is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to teaching martial arts; incorporating elements of educational theory and communication techniques typically overlooked in budo.

Teachers will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, while students interested in the martial arts ...

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Overview

While the old adage, "those who can't do, teach," is not entirely true, all too often "those who can do" cannot teach effectively. This book is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to teaching martial arts; incorporating elements of educational theory and communication techniques typically overlooked in budo.

Teachers will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, while students interested in the martial arts will develop a better understanding of what instructional method best suits their needs.
A tactical toolset useful to anyone's teaching styleImprove your ability to motivate, educate, and retain studentsExplains how to optimize time and attentionDesigned to individual preferences and learning stylesEffective for both children and adultsThe author's approach balances the reality that martial arts instructs are responsible for ensuring the safety of practitioners who learn potentially deadly techniques with the truism that if their classes are not enjoyable and productive no one will participate in them.

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Editorial Reviews

Loren W. Christensen
"I found myself thinking 'I didn't know that' several times as I read this book."
Gregory A. Gwash
"Boeing trains hundreds of security officers, Kane's ideas will help us be more effective."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594390241
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 971,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence A. Kane is the author of Surviving Armed Assaults, Martial Arts Instruction, and Blinded by the Night, and co-author of The Way of Kata, The Way to Black Belt, and The Little Black Book of Violence (USA Book News--2009 Best Books Award Finalist; ForeWord Magazine--2010 Book of the Year Award Finalist). A paid book reviewer for ForeWord magazine and Clarion Reviews, he consults with other authors from time to time to help assure realism in their novels, particularly in fight scenes. Lawrence lives in Seattle, WA.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 Understanding Learning Style Differences 1
All Students Are Not Alike 3
Contribution of the Five Senses to Memory Retention 4
Characteristics of Auditory Learners 5
Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners 6
Characteristics of Visual Learners 8
Summary 9
Chapter 2 Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Tool to Understand Student Predilections 11
Understanding Personality Types 12
Accommodating Learning Style Preferences 18
Observable Behavior Patterns 20
Applying MBTI to Accommodate Student Predilections 21
Applying MBTI Preferences to Motivate Martial Arts Students 26
Teaching Children 30
Teaching Adults 36
Summary 38
Chapter 3 Application of the Six Teaching Styles to Martial Arts 41
(1) Modeling 42
(2) Lecturing 43
(3) Cooperative Performance 44
(4) Independent Performance 46
(5) Knowledge Capture 48
(6) Role Reversal 49
Summary 51
Chapter 4 Fostering a Positive Learning Environment 53
Attitude 56
Etiquette 62
Tradition 65
Emotional Environment 68
Physical Environment 69
Tailoring to Special Student Needs 73
Exemplary Students, Exemplary Instructors 75
Summary 87
Chapter 5 Dojo Lesson Planning 89
Formal Plans for Individual Lessons 91
Classroom Management 93
Testing and Advancement Principles 96
Progression of Class Activities 102
Opening and Closing Ceremonies 103
Teaching Daruma 103
Teaching Kigu Hojo Undo 108
Codification of Technique and Learning Velocity 110
Teaching Kata 113
Teaching Bunkai 119
Teaching Kiso Kumite 124
Teaching Self-Defense 126
Summary 134
Chapter 6 Conclusion 137
Stages of Teaching 138
Appendix A Hokusei Yudanshakai Advancement Requirements (through Shodan) 143
Basic Techniques 143
Kata & Kata Bunkai 143
Appendix B The Kata of Goju Ryu 149
Core Kata of Goju Ryu 149
Additional Kata 151
Appendix C Determining Your Psychological Type Answer Sheet for Psychological Type Questions 153
Appendix D Sample Lesson Plan 158
Appendix E Photograph Acknowledgments 161
Notes 173
Glossary 177
Bibliography 185
Index 187
About the Author 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2004

    Indispensible for the martial arts instructor

    Learning styles of students are as varied as the martial arts themselves, and the teacher that can recognize and meet the needs of all students will achieve the greatest success. This book provides a wealth of effective ways to teach and communicate with students of all ages, levels and learning styles - so that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow. An enlightening, thoughtful and highly practical read that I hope gets in the hands of every sensei out there!

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