Der folgende Beitrag stammt von den Kollegen Jon Kleineman und Albert Timen (http://www.kapapacademy.com) und ist es wert, in ungekürzter Originalfassung zitiert zu werden.
What it really means to be a good instructor
Imagine how you would feel if someone you trained was brutally raped or murdered because you did not prepare them to the best of your ability for real life violence.
Imagine you were to teach someone that would knowingly go off and face a life or death confrontation that would affect them, their families, and their loved ones for the rest of their lives.
Think about the humiliation, the violation of trust, the fear, and the sense of helplessness that they carry with them after not having been able to defend themselves.
Suddenly, it wouldn’t matter what level of instructorship you were. It wouldn’t matter that what you learned came from the Special Forces. It wouldn’t matter how hard you punched or kicked. It wouldn’t matter how tough you were, or how many competitions, or street fights you won.
Nothing else would matter, but the fact that you did not do the right thing to guide that student out of a violent confrontation.
Unfortunately this is so often forgotten by us as self defense instructors. We train. We hone our bodies to high levels of pain and endurance. We get certificates, belts, and titles. We pat ourselves on the back and our students admire us.
The grim reality is that no amounts of our own personal accolades are going to help our students to survive in the street or the battlefield.
It doesn’t matter how fast we are, how many “moves” we know, or how many boards we can break. It doesn’t matter what we can do, ourselves, if they are the ones attacked. It’s about what they can do.
Don’t show them what you can do. Show them what they can do.
We as instructors have an incredible responsibility to teach people how to defend themselves and survive a confrontation…..even if they are not as fast, strong, or as tough as us. It is a huge responsibility, and one that you should take very seriously. We are dealing with the safety of other people’s lives.
We need to think about this the next time we pat ourselves on the back for having a 1,000 students training in a huge facility. We can never be complacent and always be continuously learning how to teach.
We need to study the behavioral and psychological aspects of a confrontation. We need to study human anatomy, physiology, and motor learning as it applies to combat.
We need to be able to say that we have worked hard to make students understand the mentality of survival, and make it apart of their lives. If you are willing to do these things you may be on the path to being a good Instructor.
Never lose sight of the fact that it’s not about us.
It’s about them.
Genau diese Einstellung ist es, die ich meine, wenn ich immer davon spreche, dass „Instructor sein“ in erster Linie eine Frage der Persönlichkeit ist. Dass der Instructor sein fachliches / technisches Handwerk beherrscht, ist obligatorisch.
Aber das reicht bei Weitem nicht aus. Vielmehr muss der Instructor in der Lage sein, sein eigenes Ego zurückzunehmen und seine Tätigkeit einzig und allein in den Dienst seines Klienten zu stellen.
Dabei darf der Instructor seine Stellung nicht zur Selbstdarstellung nutzen. Ebenso wenig darf er sich von externen Interessen (z.B. Verbänden) leiten lassen.
Der Instructor hat nur einen echten Auftrag: Den Trainee zu unterstützen, anzuregen und zu fördern. Damit diese(r) der/die Beste wird, der er/sie sein kann.