The concept presented within the article holds true for learning and developing any martial arts skills, also. Your training MUST be more than mere practice and repetition. If you are not applying deliberate practice to all of your training, you are WASTING time and energy. I regularly tell students that it is their job to constantly work at making their technique better. This is done during regular drills during class as well as practice at home.
USA Haidong Gumdo Association chief Master Marshall Parnell has mentioned this concept several times during seminars. He has referred to watching senior masters in Haidong Gumdo practice a particular combination for 20-30 minutes as part of practicing a gumbub (form).
This should also be applied to teaching martial arts. Those who desire to take the step into teaching must be practicing their lectures as well as technique. Often students can perform drills and techniques because they have listened to the teacher often enough to remember what is being asked for. This may work while you are lined up as a student but once you are responsible for giving the commands, you will be lost. You must work at truly understanding what is being said and practicing how to present it.
Then again, all of this affects your whole life!
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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