Oct. 1st, 2010 09:49 am
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I twisted my ankle at training last night.  We were just doing a basic 'moving off the line of attack' exercise, as part of the instructors' training session, when i tripped and felt my ankle roll under with that awful crunching sensation.  With the wave of adrenaline that followed, it took quite a while for the numbness to wear off enough to feel just how bad an injury i'd given myself.  It turned out to be not quite as bad as i'd first feared, but it's very stiff, sore and swollen today.  Christine (one of Greg's black belts who's a doctor) gave it a once-over and said nothing appeared to be broken, Greg taped it up with elastic bandage and Grant offered me a lift home, where i sat it on ice for much of the night.  Hopefully it won't take too long to recover.

One thing it did teach me is that my footwork is rubbish.  Greg had just pointed out that i was bobbing up and down in the exercise instead of staying low and moving like a martial artist.  The way i tripped suggests that i was both dragging the blade of my foot (a bad habit it's easy to get away with on polished boards) and not moving my back foot first to slide away.  I really need to do more footwork practise, not to mention sparring (other than with white and yellow belts).  One more thing to work on once the ankle's good to go again.

While on the instructor training, Greg outlined an interesting approach to teaching a new skill to someone.  Most of it is what i do anyway through common sense, though not thought about or approached in any systematic way.  One bit that was a new idea to me is step 4 - i usually go straight into breaking it down as a default, without seeing if it's necessary. 

1.  Name the skill.
2.  Demonstrate/show an ideal model (if you can't do it, use someone who can)
3.  Explain what the skill is used for
4.  Try it.  If they can do it right away, move on.  If not..
5.  Break it down into parts, then bring them together.  Provide feedback and encouragement.

It's pretty obvious when spelled out like that, but i hadn't thought of it so systematically before.

One bit i had missed in the instructor training, due to not being able to get there at the beginning, was Greg's take on balancing perfection vs boredom.  I might have to ask him about that, as i could use some ideas.
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Something posted on the girlfighters community, on teaching older kids/early teens:

"oh--other advice: Praise, critique, praise. Praise what they're doing right, critique what they're doing wrong, then praise them when they correct it. As adults, we usually get critiqued and then maybe praised when we correct it and it's hard to remember to not do that with kids. The school I'm in is big on positive reinforcement with the kids. If you praise one kid for behavior you like, other kids will tend to emulate that and want your attention. Believe it or not, I've seen it. We have a "Latch-key" program for after school care and a lot of the kids come from homes where they don't get a lot of praise."

I've heard similar ideas before, but this seems to put it quite succinctly.  Will try to put it into practice.


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