Why Hapkido Instructors Must Lead by Example by KJN Jae Jeannotte
Hapkido is a Korean martial art that was founded by Choi Young Sool in Korea that emphasizes self-defense, joint locks, throws, and strikes. It is a dynamic and effective martial art that can be used for both self-defense and sport. However, hapkido is more than just a physical discipline; it is also a philosophy that emphasizes respect, harmony, and personal growth.
The USA Hapkido Union encourages Hapkido instructors to play a crucial role in the development of their students. They are not only teachers of physical techniques, but also mentors and role models. As such, it is essential for hapkido instructors to lead by example and be a positive role model for their students.
Here are a few reasons why hapkido instructors must lead by example:
- Students learn by watching. Children and adults alike are naturally observant and will learn more from watching someone they admire than from being told what to do. If an instructor is not practicing what they preach, their students will quickly pick up on it and lose respect for them.
- Instructors set the tone for the class. The instructor’s attitude and behavior will set the tone for the entire class. If an instructor is positive and encouraging, their students will be more likely to be motivated and engaged. Conversely, if an instructor is negative and critical, their students will be more likely to be discouraged and give up.
- Instructors are role models for their students. Students often look up to their instructors and see them as role models. Instructors have a responsibility to use this influence to help their students develop into positive and well-rounded individuals.
Here are some ways that Hapkido instructors can lead by example and be a positive role model for their students:
- Be respectful of everyone. This includes students, other instructors, and even opponents. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even when they make mistakes.
- Be humble. Don’t brag about your accomplishments or put yourself on a pedestal. Be willing to admit when you are wrong and be open to learning from others.
- Be positive and encouraging. Focus on the good things that your students are doing and encourage them to keep up the good work.
- Be patient. Learning takes time and effort. Be patient with your students and help them to progress at their own pace.
- Be a good listener. Make time to listen to your students’ questions and concerns. Show them that you care about their well-being.
- Be a good example of the values of Hapkido. Hapkido emphasizes respect, harmony, and personal growth. Strive to embody these values in your own life.
By leading by example and being a positive role model, Hapkido instructors can help their students to develop into confident, respectful, and well-rounded individuals. This is not only beneficial for the students themselves, but also for the community.
Here are some additional tips for Hapkido instructors who want to be positive role models for their students:
- Be passionate about Hapkido. Your enthusiasm will be contagious and will inspire your students.
- Be knowledgeable about Hapkido. Be able to answer your students’ questions and explain the techniques concisely.
- Be committed to your students’ success. Take an interest in their progress and help them to achieve their goals.
- Be a team player. Work together with other instructors to create a positive and supportive learning environment.
- Be a lifelong learner. Continue to learn and grow as a Hapkido practitioner and instructor.
By following these tips, Hapkido instructors can make a positive impact on the lives of their students. They can help their students to develop the skills and qualities they need to be successful in all areas of life.
About the author: KJN Jae Jeannotte is a lifelong martial artist who has served as an officer in some capacity in several of the top Hapkido organizations in the world. He is the Founder of JaeMuKwan Hapkido which is recognized by several of the leading Korean organizations. KJN Jeannotte is also the Vice President of the USA Hapkido Union. For information on seminars or private lesson contact him through the USA Hapkido Union website or Facebook page.
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