Thread: Is teaching your full time job?
08-17-2010, 22:31 #21
School teacher by trade. But I teach kendo as one of my classes and I run a dojo separately on weekends.
With a handful of exceptions, in kendo if someone earns their living from running a dojo it's a red flag with "caveat emptor" written on it.
08-25-2010, 12:09 #22
Correctional Officer by Day (or graveyard shift when I can get it) Sensei the rest of the time. My job pays the bills. My teaching is what I am. It's what I do.One must remember that karate is about thinking. Combat is about thinking. Battles are not won by the weapons that are brought but by the strategies that are employed.
03-20-2011, 10:07 #23
I don't believe in teaching martial arts as a career. It should be a calling. Students should be chosen carefully and trained adequately. It shouldn't be only for those that can afford instruction. Just my opinion and they are many others out there.
Being in a very fortunate position for the past few years. I teach for free and accept donations to pay for very low overhead. I work the graveyard shift as a correction officer. I teach four classes a week for adults only.
10-25-2011, 13:48 #24
I teach... but the art chose me... we have a saying in silat... "You don't choose silat silat chooses you".... I have heard that one in five thousand martial artists becomes an authentic teacher.... its a calling truly ... many people who can't do ... teach...and many who teach shouldn't... but the way I learned was by following a man who did what no one else was ever able to do... he was superhuman... now I pity my students that all they have is me to learn from... for it was greatness that brought me to be what I am humbly today.... my prayer is that I can reflect just a ray of the light my teacher brought. To this I have dedicated my life... may God Almighty grant me the words and the skills and the inspiration he wants his servants to experience from me...
10-26-2011, 12:06 #25
In what way was your instructor "superhuman?"
As a side note, could you use sentences and paragraphs, as opposed to a list of phrases separated by "..." ? Some of your posts, I have had to spend time rereading a few times to figure out what you were saying.William Bohan
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Florida Danzan Ryu