How do YOU Rate? Part II - Discipline
By Master Greg Moody, M.C.
Last time we discussed Life Skills and how well you do. While that¶s an important³product´ we provide, the ³real´ product is disciplined martial arts. Discipline isthe primary thing that separates us from other child activities. Not as a Life Skill but that our classes require and instill discipline. Our classes should never be³romper room´ they should be disciplined.
You may THINK you have disciplined classes...
I recently taught a short version of the Tiny Tigers seminar at Spring Nationalsand I asked the group who thought their classes were disciplined. Most of thegroup raised their hand. Then I asked who had been taught
to teach adisciplined class... and just a few raised their hand. OK - so maybe they sort of learned by ³on-the-job´ training? Well, when after I reviewed a
- that was the number one thing on their evaluations of the seminar thatthey wanted to change in their academy. After working on the
of discipline,they left realizing that they had a lot of room for improvement.
How Disciplined are Your Classes? Rate Yourself...
Like Life Skills, I have observed our instructors fall into these categories - in thiscase I will let you know how I identify discipline problems. (fixing them is awhole seminar). If the instructor is... Weak Parents will NOT see value in our classesI can easily identify when I teach a group. Some clues: The kids don¶t know where to go, They are doing
things, The parents don¶t know where their bags go. The Stars are not done right by kids or parents. The front area doesn¶t have everything in it. The kids move slow (a result of not being sure).Where are you? Rate yourself? What do you have to do to improve it?You see, if the class is weak it isn¶t because they are kids. This isn¶t because theyare white belts. This is because we have not done OUR JOB and defined what thekids should be doing
and then consistently reinforced the
. If weneed a seminar at your school on how to
create a disciplined environment