The triangle of teaching was developed based on years of good and bad real-world experiences.
The bases of the triangle are techniques and drills. By studying our different techniques and linking them together to create different drills and exercises, we can then get to the top of the triangle, which is the skill to fight. Unfortunately today, with MMA attitudes, many students want to start fighting before studying. This leads to a triangle with no base to fall back on. It means injuries, and unnecessary accidents.
As disturbing as these facts and trends are, there seems to be no imminent solutions either. Professional martial arts teachers must step up, speak up and take corrective actions – for ourselves, and for our students. Being a martial artist should not be about profit at the expense of others. It should be about education, safety, respect, culture, morals, and common sense. Let’s elevate the martial arts as educators, not merely as instructors and trainers. It’s time for us to build a better future for all of the martial arts community.
“Keep the ego out of schools, keep an open mind and study.” Professor John Machado
“A good instructor teaches students how to fight, a great instructor teaches students how to live.” Richard Almeida
“It is better to be a student of reality, than a master of illusion.” Avi Nardia
“It’s not the size of your stones, it’s what you build with them.” Tim Boehlert
Start building. Do your part to make a positive difference.