My Teaching Experience
I always thought the most important thing in Tae Kwon Do was learning to protect yourself. However, I have learned that it is also very important to teach others to do the same. It has been great helping to teach. Not only have I learned a lot about others, but I also learned a lot about myself. You need to know your techniques and forms. If you try to teach someone something you don’t know, you could end up confusing them. One time when I was teaching Kyra Do-San, I forgot the back fists and messed the form up. I realized that I myself needed to review my forms. I also realized I needed to learn what the names of my techniques are! However, it felt good to know someone was actually paying attention to me and listening to me.
I also learned that it is a lot more difficult to teach a younger student. When I helped Skeeter with Chun-Ji, it was hard to keep her on task. I loved leading warm up, because I felt I could be myself and I could show the girls what kind of things I like to do to stretch out.
I was a little nervous the first time I helped teach Core some of Toi-Gye. I felt that because I was younger, that I wouldn’t be a very good teacher. Soon I learned that people don’t mind how old you are, and I became more comfortable with teaching. So there were some ups and downs of teaching, but overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed it very much.