Had a great night last night working with our kids rifle group at my gun club. We had a new adult club member who had experience as a competitive shooter in college stop by to help out. He had a lot of good points and did help a lot but learned quickly you can overwhelm folks with fixes. . .
What do I mean? When you are teaching someone a martial art (or anything for that matter) you need to limit the number of things you correct to the critical few at that moment.
What I mean by that is give the student the safety corrections first, then work on the one or two things that will make the biggest difference in what they are doing next. Then step back and let them work on them for a while. Let them make the fix and internalize it. . . . only then do you go to the next item on the list of corrections.
Think about it. . . . If I give you two things to work on for the night and let you go I bet you will get better. If I give you 10 things to work on I bet you will not only forget most of them, but will get discouraged and think about walking away.
Everyone seems to think teaching is easy. . . until you do it. Teaching things that deal with muscle memory are no different. It is all about repetition so you learn the right way to do it and eventually you do it right without thinking. . . . So don’t rush your students, let them learn at their pace and you will both be happier with how quick they pick up that new skill. . . .