Each person had DECADES of experience.
Not once was technique discussed.
We spent no time debating which curriculum method is best (It doesn't really matter)
We DID talk about the difference we wanted to make in the life of a student.
We talked about how to teach a student to have a stronger personality. About how to think under pressure. About how to think creatively and not just be a clone of your instructor.
I talked about my research into the Montessori teaching method and how this can be used to deliver a lesson that changes lives.
Do we still teach real self defence? You bet.
Does it still look like a normal martial arts class. 90% of the time yes.
But, 10% of the time the ultimate class looks very different.
IF we want to move forward, and create different results, we need to do things differently on a daily basis.
Here is a good place to start - by looking at the Montessori method and imagining how your classes would look if you borrowed something from this teaching system for your martial arts instruction.
More to come....