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Longer Basics

The longer you keep new students on basics, the better they will become in the long run.

Conversely, the faster you rush them through basics, the more bad habits and mistakes they will form and the longer it will take to correct them.

If a student gets bored with basics and wants to move on, he will probably get bored with intermediate and advanced techniques too. The problem is not with the basics, but with the student's attitude and patience.

Of course, if a student can do the basics well, it is time to introduce the next level. When this is appropriate will depend on the student.

I mentioned to a group I was teaching last night that a ten year old will learn very quickly but a forty year old will probably learn more slowly. However, the ten year old will probably forget quickly while the forty year old will remember the technique forever.

You also have to keep in mind that a student who seems to "get" the basics, might be just barely getting it. It might look correct, but the student's understanding is shallow. You have to make sure that the student really gets it and is not on the verge of failure.

The longer you keep new students on basics, the better they will become in the long run. I'm pretty sure that is why the old time Sensei taught the first kata for three years.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin