Hi all, hope you're well.
So a quick question regarding pupils...
I've been teaching for good few years now and I've had all sorts of people come through the door to try out and train karate, old, young, big, small, they all bring something different, whether it be physically or by their character and appoach to training. 95% of students are genuine, easy going and non egotistical, they are there to learn, challenge themselves and most importantly... enjoy!
I have had karate ka's from other clubs, black belts etc. MMA fighters, semi professional fighters (MMA, Boxing, Muay thai) and enjoyed sparring and getting stuck in to see what minerals they have and to healthily compare abilities and styles. I enjoy a good scrap and seem to be pretty proficient at dealing with any ''Negative outside invaders'', so far anyway. Most of the people who do wish to ''prove'' something or come with ego don't stick at it and last no more than a few sessions.
Now the above is all good, but as a Sensei I believe that consideration and respect, along with professionalism is important, I understand I can pull a pupil to one side who may pose a danger to the club or themselves and put things into perspective through a well pointed discussion, and, if the need be, not allow them to train and send them on their way without physical intervention.
I like to join in on sparring with pupils, I believe it creates good camaraderie and team attitude, not to mention it breeds a healthy respect between Sensei and pupils. I recently had a young lad (21yrs) join the club, he has a bit of an attitude problem and a ''testy'' persona, whenever we spar he seems to go up a gear and push the boundaries of semi contact sparring and the relaxed learning environment we all promote at the club. This individual is a white belt but has previous experience in MMA, when sparring recently he stepped up his efforts and came in strong, I initiallly absorbed the attack and tried to control the pace by staying relaxed and light, however he tried again, I returned the love and dropped him using a solid roundhouse to the mid section and a good zuki to the nose (Machida special), respect seems to of been restored and all is good.
My question is, has any other instructor had similar experiences of overly aggressive/confident pupils who have ego and something to prove, mainly towards the instructor?
If so, how did you tackle and combat it?
If a pupil has a nasty and malicious side that wants to train and you know teaching them a combative skill set is only going to make them more dangerous, do you have a moral obligation to turn them away? Why give a vicious dog sharper teeth?
Please understand, I'm a very considerate and caring person, I encourage my pupils and my number 1 priority is to aid the development of my pupils both mentally and physically. I retaliated and threw it into a ''higher gear'' to calm this particular individual. I hate bullies and those Sensei's who think they've something to prove by being heavy handed with pupils, completely unnecessary and I'm not one of them.
Just interested on other people's experiences and views.