Are You Good Enough to Teach?

Andrew posted about one of the classic sticky issues in the “martial arts industry”: Random question: how important do you think it is for a teacher to be as good or better than his/her students when teaching them something? I don’t have any students...

How I Teach Beginners

“I’m a professional educator.” That’s what teachers say when they want to sound like experts. I don’t know if I’m really an expert – there are a lot of variables involved depending on how you define the roles of teacher,...

How to Practice

there is an outlined method for practicing taido movements. i have also spent a good deal of time researching various training and practice methods as well as general educational theory. using the standard method as a framework, i have made additions and adjustments that i think are applicable to most skill acquisition scenarios we are likely to encounter in taido practice.

Kobo Drills for Jissen

In Japan, Kobo is not a practice method – they are a testing requirement. Nobody here practices kobo with the intention of improving their skills or building their technical base for jissen. Instead, most students spend a portion of the two or three practices...

Is Taido Too Difficult To Be Popular?

In America, there are basically just two types of martial arts schools: big ones that make money and small ones that don’t. There are a lot of stereotypes regarding which extreme is better, but as with all flat generalizations, the reality is not so simple. In...