Tips for instructors who teach martial arts to kids
Ricki Kay, chief instructor at Fairwood Martial Arts in Renton, Washington, kicks off our series on how to teach great kids’ classes, offering this fundamental advice:
One of the most important things to remember when teaching kids is to touch each child with a physical correction while working with them. Move their fist, or their knee. Don’t teach from a “dais” at the front of the room.
Physical interaction with the students has multiple payoffs. It keeps kids engaged, and lets them feel noticed and included. Physical correction makes a deeper impression, too, especially for those students who may respond less well to verbal explanation.
Instructors: What do you think of that advice? How do you interact with your students in a typical class? What keeps you from just standing up front counting off the repetitions?
I look forward to hearing your perspectives.