Training somebody to the level of a Karate Black Belt in Three Months is an interesting experience. It’s amazing fun, but there are several things you need to be extremely careful of should you plan to it. Here’s one of the most important items.
First, you need to understand Matrixing, and you have to deliver the Black Belt course exactly as prescribed. There can be no deviations from the material. Afterwards, you’ll find that your student’s learning is so fast that you can make all sorts of deviations, but stick to the program in the beginning.
The above being adhered to, key to the program is knowing when the student has actually understood the material. He may not always be smooth in his moves, but it’s his mind that you have to observe. The moment he understands the material, can do it with confidence, no matter how ragged it looks, you congratulate him and move on to the next element in his training.
This is critical, because if you don’t do this he will hit a plateau. He may also become discouraged, for he has achieved something important, not been recognized, and he may even decide to move on.
When I first realized this factor I was confronted with a choice. Do I ignore him winning, and work him until his movements are smooth, or do I accept a ragged movement that works, but is not pretty? I found that if I recognized his win, his rate of learning accelerated, and, here’s something astounding…he tended not to forget as easily.
Now, some martial arts instructors are going to have a rough time with this, for one wants perfection in the martial arts, and it is the correct thing to want. But, accept a slightly ragged technique, and polish the living daylights out of him later. Guaranteed, you will have faster learning students and less drop outs.
The key item to remember in all of this is that we are gauging experience vs knowledge. A traditional Black Belt will possess some of the knowledge and lots of experience. A Three Month Black Belt, done according to items such as I have outlined here, will have ALL the knowledge, and some of the experience.
So, which do you prefer…a person who looks pretty, has some knowledge, and is learning at a slower pace…or a person with all the knowledge, who doesn’t look pretty, but can make it work, and who learns at an incredibly fast rate? Personally, I will take Martial Artist who has knowledge any time, because that opens the door for even more and faster learning. Once a Karate Black Belt is past such things as plateaus, has discovered his real potentials, and has the knowledge, he can be polished to a far finer degree, and his art will rise like the sun.