Yesterday afternoon I attended an afternoon-long martial arts seminar. I have trained numerous times under the instructor who ran this seminar. I greatly enjoy what he has to say. I find him friendly, helpful, and patient. My past experiences at such events have been extremely pleseant. My issue pertains to the other students in the class. Generally speaking, I am a young fellow--only a year out of school--and most of the students in this class were older than I am--ranging from their 40s to their 70s. Many of these students also train with this particular instructor on a more cons
When discussing practical applications and training, we don't typically discuss karate competition, because the standard competitive formats for karate simply don't fit our idea of what karate is. That's why I was quite intrigued when this video came up in my Facebook feed today:
I suppose I should start this post with a question: how does one overcome fear?
When I was younger, I studied karate, but before I started secondary school, I stopped for numerous reasons. Before I digress, if I hadn't dropped it, I don't think I would have restarted it again at University- something I would have regretted intensely!!
I was chatting to my brother last night about the old grading system we went through and how it took years to get anywhere near black belt and how there where no children with black belts in those days. We then discussed the issue of children ( under 16 years old) attaining a black belt. I am not fully comfortable with the idea of 12 and 13 year olds at 2nd and 3rd dan.
Without any prejudice to our younger students, what are people's thoughts on this subject.
I have been teaching karate for 15 years now and to be honest we never really did any bunkai, my instructor still feels there isn't a need for it. But I have taught myself bunkai through people like Iain's work opening my eyes, I teach my black belt students drills for all of the kata they do, but I was wondering at what grade people teach their students or were taught bunkai themselves by their instructors?
Is it too early to teach an adult beginner the application of blocks and lunge punch in the first few weeks of their training?
I'm just wondering which grading 'system' people use when it comes to awarding grades. Do you use a basic 'Pass/Defer/Fail' model or do you delve a little deeper with, say, a 'Distinction/Merit/Pass/Defer/Fail' model or perhaps something totally different?
Which do you prefer? I ask as in the two arts I study both use different systems and both chief instructors swear by their own methods.