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Leigh Simms
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How do you organise your syllabus?

Hi All,

I assume most of us here train/teach under a reality based syllabus of some form. If so which way do you think is best to orgainse a syllabus.

Way A) Teaching basic strikes followed by more advanced strikes (for example teaching straight punches, then hook punches, then kicks etc....) Once all the basic strikes have been taught move onto a different aspect of fighting, say hand trapping, then clinching techniques (for example: standing locks and escapes), then takedowns/throws and finally ground grappling. Now it is not the exact order that I am asking about, but more the process of learning one skill set fully then moving onto to another one.

Way B) Teaching basic strikes, followed by basic trapping, then basic clinching techniques, then basic throws etc... Once the student has a flavour of all aspects, then moving onto more advanced striking combinations and advanced throws etc....In other words, learn basics of each aspect first before moving onto the more advanced side of that aspect.

Now I undertsand different arts will specialise in different aspects of fighting and if anyone has a "Way C" please feel free to add it. But I am wondering how your syllabus is organised and what you think is the best way to organise the techniques and principles being taught to the students.

Leigh :)

shoshinkanuk's picture

I would be in the way B camp!

With 1 exception, students do not learn the basics of 'all' aspects before moving on to deeper studies, for example students do not learn the basics of sai before they learn say a combination of punch/kicks.

MykeB's picture

Things are still being refined as we go, but there is a general trend in the way we are organizing things.  We start with core skill sets, then progress into more complex implimentations of those skills.  Students don't get everything at once, certain skills require a building block before they make sense.  Nothing wrong with a linear progression, it has benefits too, but it's not they way I want to approach teaching a skill set as diverse as martial arts.