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Ten Ways To Train With A Receptive Spirit

By Jeremy Del Nero
Published on Jun 14th, 2009

The following was adapted from a project by an 18 year old assistant instructor for his level 3 instructor certification in the Kenpo 2000 organization.

  1. Allow less skilled ranks to help you with your training. They may not know the exercise you are doing, but they understand the principles and can watch out for them.

  2. When training, rather than training alone, ask a teacher or another student to observe your exercise.

  1. When given a “corrective adjustment” or a helpful tip, do not argue against it. Simply nod and say “thank you” regardless of whether it was or was not useful.

  1. Remain calm and accepting if another is willing to stand up and give advice.

  1. Listen to what younger students say. Sometimes they catch the simplest mistakes that might have been otherwise overlooked.

  1. Understand that modifications are being made constantly to the Art. These changes may come at any time and rather than casting them aside, we must welcome them.

  1. When observing others, look for things that they might be doing differently than you, and then discuss it with them, so that you both may learn something new.

  1. Whenever the instructor is talking, it is useful information (otherwise he/she would not be saying it). With this in mind, listen to EVERYTHING the instructor says: don’t tune out or have aimless thoughts that lead to daydreams.

  1. When looking for a point of view on a concept or theory, ask for the opinions of many different people and listen to everything they have to say. Then, with bits and pieces of everything you heard, you can formulate your own point of view to make the most logical explanation.

  1. WHEN OBSERVING OTHER MARTIAL ARTS, TRY TO LOOK FOR THE LOGICAL, SENSIBLE, AND COMBATIVE ASPECTS OF THEM , RATHER THAN PICKING OUT THEIR FLAWS.


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