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I've been thinking a lot about what I am really doing when teaching the Filipino Martial Arts. What do I owe my students? How can I be the best instructor that I'm able to be?

I wrote about it on my blog. Please, check it out and let me know what you do to be the best instructor you can be.

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Comment by Guro Lawrence Motta on October 13, 2014 at 4:31pm

Eric,

Nice blog post; very well written.  You hit some key points I think all instructors should examine.  Thanks for sharing.  For my party, I try to dispel myths and focus the student on the material rather than rank.  Too often, instructors play into the role of Master or Grand Master rather than focusing on the progress of the students.  The image you paint of your professor encouraging his students to prove him wrong places the goal of education as the betterment of the student, not the perpetuation of the teacher's position.  This is key.  A good many Master's won't place themselves in such a vulnerable position.  Teaching is a humble profession.  I learned this from my father and mother who are both outstanding teachers.  Nothing makes a true teacher happier than to see their student excel beyond them.  We don't hear too much about these teachers in FMA or Martial Arts in general because they do not seek fame or notoriety.  They quietly go about their business, honing their craft, struggling with difficult students, showing up to teach week after week, never asking for anything but dedication.  The work of teaching is about the student.  Constantly adjusting focus to that goal is how I try to stay on point and make sure they have what they need to succeed.

 

Thanks again,

GLM

Comment by terry joven on October 13, 2014 at 4:57pm

I really like and agree with this comment "The work of teaching is about the student" Thanks Guro Lawrence great comments!!

Comment by Eric Primm on October 14, 2014 at 8:07am

Thanks, Guro Lawrence for the compliments. I agree that I am very fortunate to learn from Master Whitson and his students. Thanks for reading.

I agree with Terry that your quote is excellent. I will have to use that quote in the future.

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