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Why Haven’t I Progressed? The Self-Inflicted Knockout of a Martial Arts Career.

A revised article from The Grand Master’s Herald, April 2010

Article by: Bro. Jeff Webb

Founder/Grand Master, A.O.C. European Martial Arts

 

So, you see a fellow martial artist within your martial arts school displaying what appears, and may very well be a natural tendency to quickly pick up on and employ some elements of the style that they are being taught. They do very well on the drills/katas. Perhaps this person managed to achieve two or three promotions within the minimum allotted time to do so. They’ve even competed some and may or may not have earned a medal in the process. This person seems ready to take their next test, but the instructor does not appear to be giving the time of day for it. It may cause that student to ask the question, “Why am I not getting to test?” One thing is for sure. If a student does ask this question of an instructor, it needs to be respectfully asked with the motivation to find what the student needs to work on rather than with a tone that conveys to the instructor that the student feels wronged. (more…)

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