Michael Adair
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 Its been a strange couple of years for my Capoeira group, what with fluctuating membership and not having a Mestre in residence. Currently all of us older students took over teaching duties (all two of us currently) which is not unheard of when the situation calls for it and besides I wouldnt be able to train if I didn't or at least there wouldn't be a group to train with.

 Post injury I have been working on getting back into shape and working out all the kinks in my game that come with a lengthy period of slackertude and of course at the same time trying to act like I feel comfortable running classes. I have never felt good about it actualy,  its a huge responsibility that I would gladly dispense with given the opportunity. The new students are trusting you too give them something of value ,skills that they can use in the game etc and for one that is still in the beginning stages of development myself I feel like I'm a little out of my depth,granted our classes are free so maybe you could say you get what you pay for..but still I always feel like I have to explain the situation to new students so they have no illusions about what exactly they are getting.

 On the positive side being in this position is a great motivator for improving ones skills and I find that I train a lot more consistently than I did before, also I think I finaly got what Austin Powers refered to as his "mojo" back in terms of being once again excited about learning Capoeira again and well life in general.

  Thanks for listening 

over 12 years ago 0 likes  4 comments  0 shares
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If I undertood you correctly, you are training and teaching new students. Is it right? So I must congratulate you for your decision. You're right it's a big responsibility, but the best way for someone really learn something is teaching others. It's a challenge and challenges make us stronger and motivated! Congratulations!! Oh my, I think I'm rusty with my English, I need to practice more, hope you understand me. :)t
over 12 years ago
Jrs 8c 1405439596528
Sounds like you're outside of your "comfort zone" but I think you're doing the right thing by being upfront with the students. Honesty with your students about the situation is better than trying to be one of those pompous know-it-alls that try to teach and do more harm than good. I'm sure you'll become more confident in yourself the more you teach. Always find something positive to say to your students; avoid negativity. Remember, teaching is encouragement with instruction! = )
over 12 years ago
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You'll probably help your own game in teaching. I'm sure they're grateful because you're an articulate guy and you can both demonstrate and explain. Double Threat! Do you ever get to train with masters?
over 12 years ago
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I understand completely what you mean in your blog, Sun. I also agree with JRS on the *confort zone*. I recently was taken out of my comfort zone on a major lvl. But, as always, it is so uplifting when you beat your fears. :P When I reached a lvl in gymnastics when I was a kid, I started teaching the smaller kids when I practiced on a Sunday. I was only 10. I guess you could say that I was watching them, more than teaching them. When I looked back on it, I thought it was kinda out of order. Reason being, that I was paying for my tuition in the grp but because they were understaffed I had to watch the lil' ones. :/ I think of the positive now I know about going over your first moves in any profession/hobby/art. It is great practice to go over your basics. I wish I had that thought when I was younger and wasn't of the mind set that I needed to learn newer and harder stuff, not teach babies on the basics. ><
over 12 years ago


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