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An Ideal Karate Experience

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You cannot teach a five year old to swim by tossing him into water ten feet deep. He doesn’t swim when you do that. He drowns. You cannot teach a teenager to drive a car by tossing them your keys and then watching some television. They do not learn to drive when you do that. They drive the car into the nearest obstruction and wreck it. You cannot teach a pilot to fly a plane by handing him a radio headset and putting him behind the joystick by himself. He doesn’t fly when you do that. He can’t even figure out how to start the plane’s engine.

So why do karate instructors think it is a valid teaching method to show someone how to do something and then ignore them? Why do they believe that insight gained from experience is some sort of spiritual way to enable people to learn physical skills like punching and kicking?

“Shut up and train.”

“You need to figure it out for yourself.”

“Keep training. You’ll get there.”

That’s not teaching. That’s just stupid.