For those of you who are instructors to any degree, how much of what you teach do you teach on faith?
By that I mean any elements of your system that you do not quite understand or are not yet entirely convinced by.
Personally, I would take Sanchin Kata as my example. I was teaching it for years before I think I fanally came to understand its purpose. Niko Ashi stance would perhaps be another example.
I belive that my understanding kicked in around 3rd dan but had I set up on my own at, say, 1st dan, would I have droped these vital elements through lack of understanding? I don't know, but what I did always know, was that people I respected had faith in the system and so I maintained the faith also.
Looking back, I'm very glad I did...