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normrobitza On September - 6 - 2017

This happens often, a student or parent complains that the outcome of their testing was not what they expected. The student isn’t successful or gets a low level pass so they blame the results on the examiner or the instructor. Then they either give up, change to a different dojo or different style.

The problem here usually doesn’t fall on the examiner or instructor. In many organisations, instructors and examiners are required to pass a course to hold those positions. Yes there are instructors that do not have credentials. Some instructors are just black belts but to be a recognised instructor, you have to belong to an organisation and pass an instructor course. If you are not sure, ask the instructor if they have qualifications. If they can not show you that they have passed an instructor program, then look elsewhere. Now if the instructor has the program and is qualified, they know what they are doing. So if they are qualified, then why did you not get the outcome that you wanted? Well it has to be the examiner’s fault.

Same as with the instructors,  an examiner must be qualified. They have to pass a course if they are part of a reputable organisation. I recently graduated from the D Level of the International Karate Daigaku Instructor’s Program. I have the qualifications to teach. I, however, am not qualified to do a grading. There is another test I have to do before I can do exams. The examiner usually has been doing karate for a very long time and is qualified to do exams. If you think that the examiner is a fault for you not getting the results you wanted then you are again mistaken.

So if the instructor and examiner is not at fault then who is? Who is the person that you can point your finger at? Well maybe you should look in the mirror! “No, it isn’t me! I am working hard and doing everything right!” Are you?

Ego is the problem. A person’s ego will tell them that they are perfect and that everyone else is just jealous of them. The problem here is that humans want instant gratification. They can not wait to see improvement.

 

Others believe that they can not do wrong. Even seeing themselves in a mirror doesn’t help to improve the technique. They don’t see the mistake. I have seen students being told that they are not doing something correctly and they just respond with, “yup” or “okay”. They believe that they are correcting everything or that the instructor is not speaking to them.

If you are an instructor and are experiencing these kind of students there are different ways to deal with them. You could just ignore them. When an instructor stops giving you corrections, doesn’t mean that you are doing things correctly. It means that the instructor may have given up on you.

I have heard of students saying that they have been criticised or picked on by their instructors. For the most part this criticism is the kind that you require. To improve at anything, you need to be able to know that you are not doing it correctly. An instructor’s job is to teach you how to do the technique correctly and then point out that you are not. If you are constantly doing something incorrectly, then you will constantly be corrected. The problem is that if you can not take criticism then you will become upset. Most criticism I have seen in the dojo has always been positive.  It is, however, how the student takes the criticism. Those that can take criticism and correct their mistakes are the ones that progress. Those that do not will be lost in the shuffle.

This is not just in the dojo. It is in every walk of life. If you do not fix the mistakes you are making you will never achieve the goals that you set out. Do you find yourself blaming others for things that go wrong in your life? Well the odds are it is not fault of others but of something that you have or have not done.


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