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Re: How do you teach teens?
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007, 09:22:39 PM »
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Re: How do you teach teens?
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2007, 12:55:07 AM »
Wow, this topic has taken off pretty good.  Well, I guess I will come on in now. 

My adult classes are for those 14 and over, with some exceptions going both ways.  Personally, I have found that I think I like teaching teens (15 and up) the best. 

Younger kids just aren't usually tough enough for my regular classes, and they typically require much more instruction to understand the material being taught (and I have taught students from 3 year olds on up to mid 60's).  Alot of adults are so set in their own theories and ideas that it can be harder to get them to see the different options.  Teens are just in the middle.  They understand pretty quickly and are in a good stage in life physically, they have many of their own ideas but can be pretty receptive to change in those ideas if approached properly.  Sure they can be egotistical, defiant, etc., but if approached properly and treated as growing adults, they tend to listen real well.  I make sure to give them respect and don't treat them as children.  On top of all that, I feel I can make a differene with them.  They are in a difficult stage in life - dealing with peer pressure, drugs, sex, gangs, fighting, education, dating, work, etc.  If I can be of any positive influence on any of that, then GREAT!!  Some of my best students came to me as teens.

Well, I could ramble on and on, but I won't.  I just got back from an awesome stickfighting/knifefighting class with a visiting GM of another Art and am pretty amped still.
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Re: How do you teach teens?
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2007, 08:38:00 AM »
I agree with KaJuDru, they need to be treated like adults.  Also they are ready to learn the adult curriculum, of course some people learn slower and other stuff has facters.  BUt they like not to be treat like kids.  One time I went to a Shaolin Do dojo, I had about 12 years under my belt in the martial arts and they just keep treating me like a kid so it made me feel like the teacher was showing me disrespect so I did not say there.

I gotta say I have seen and taught a lot of teenagers over the years. I also raised 2 of them that made it thru the teens, and are now in their 20's.

Will is the most mature and serious of them all. He constantly reads anything he can get his hands on regarding the arts, and is always open to learning & sharing. He takes his training very seriously, without ego... And that is very rare for an 18 year old with his talent.

I really look forward to seeing where he will go in the arts, and am proud to be a part of his journey...

Now I just gotta teach him how to spell and type, so he looks as smart as he is...  ;)

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Re: How do you teach teens?
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2007, 01:17:40 PM »
Good thread!

The part of training my teens like the best is the MMA fighting. At that age they are really concerned about getting jumped and/or beat up. As much as grab arts, punch arts, knife techniques, and so forth help develop skills, nothing is better than fighting to giving you the experience you need when faced with the real thing.

I know some schools limit the contact for kids and usually don't allow head shots. I don't see where that teaches them how to fight. I let them do whatever they can, punch, kick, take downs, submissions, whatever--I just pay more for insurance.

Usually they fight three one minute rounds, but at times they go two minutes a round.

Even though the kids get hurt and they cry a lot, they all will tell you the MMA fighting is the best part of training and that's what keeps them coming back--at least to my school.

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Re: How do you teach teens?
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2007, 02:03:47 PM »
Good thread!

The part of training my teens like the best is the MMA fighting. At that age they are really concerned about getting jumped and/or beat up. As much as grab arts, punch arts, knife techniques, and so forth help develop skills, nothing is better than fighting to giving you the experience you need when faced with the real thing.

I know some schools limit the contact for kids and usually don't allow head shots. I don't see where that teaches them how to fight. I let them do whatever they can, punch, kick, take downs, submissions, whatever--I just pay more for insurance.

Usually they fight three one minute rounds, but at times they go two minutes a round.

Even though the kids get hurt and they cry a lot, they all will tell you the MMA fighting is the best part of training and that's what keeps them coming back--at least to my school.



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