As a martial arts student in the art of American Kenpo, I am grateful to have learned from some of the best martial artists in the World. Without my present and past instructors, I wouldn’t be where I am today in the World or in the martial arts and wanted to take a moment to thank them.
As a martial arts instructor, I continue the long line of tradition passing on what has been handed down to me to my students. Hopefully some day you pick up the torch and help teach it to the next generation.
Passing on ones knowledge is profoundly rewarding. It can teach you a lot about the art, what you know and what you need to better understand. For me, it has also taught me to always remain humble, to share freely, and to never hold back on my students. I always strive for better methods of communicating and teaching the art and not just doing things a certain way just because that was how I learned it. If there is a better, more efficient way, I will opt for it every time.
Teaching the martial arts also connects us with history and the martial artists of the past. Without this process taking place, we wouldn’t have an art to teach. Mr. Parker would’ve never learned from Mr. Chow. Mr. Mills wouldn’t never have learned from Mr. Parker. And I would never have learned from Mr. Mills. You, in turn, would never have learned it from me.
Strive to become a teacher at the studio. Help share what you have learned and pass on the art so that the art lives forever. Its far too precious to let go.