A while ago I started a discussion that was about linking life lessons with martial arts training. Many instructors - of schools large and small - commented on and added to the discussion.
Here is a way to go about making a difference.
Firstly, I am 51, have been training since my teens and had open heart surgery this year. I have been divorced, have teenagers and done other stuff that is basically normal "life' experience.
I share this as I have now got experience to share - as the rest of us do.
Problem is, we share it when WE want to. Quite often it falls on deaf ears as the student is not on our journey.
This is where this concept comes in.
I look for Character Aha Moments. These are events in a class when the teacher can stop everyone and explain the importance of what just happened.
Someone gets hurt.
Someone shows pride.
Someone sticks at it when the going gets tough.
All opportunities for lessons that transcend punching and kicking. And yes, it has to be framed for the age of the recipient. All you do is dig into your life experience and help the student look for the lesson that is often hidden in pain or frustration.
Easier said than done.
That is why teaching is a craft and not a pastime.