I'm not known for being an instructor who's easy to please - ask my students. I drill techniques, explaining detail and purpose - and this often frustrates students. But, you know, they stick with it because they want it to be right....they want to
shine. I'm not too hard on the lower grades or the very young - I want them to enjoy the art; to enjoy acquiring new skills. But when they've absorbed the basics and know that there is more to it, it's my job to develop them to the very best of their ability
- on an individual basis. The really rewarding thing is their response - they rise to the challenge and when they come back, having worked on the detail they've been given, I can take them up a gear. The understanding takes longer in some than others, but
they all deserve that feed....the feed that leads to a sense of achievement for them.
Yes, this can be frustrating for me sometimes, but it's my duty to meet the needs of the individual - finding the way that each student learns; watching how their
body moves and issuing change that best works for them. This is not a belt factory - a 'one size fits all' approach - and none of our instructors are looking for an easy life! I don't want students 'rushed' through grades, promoted beyond their capabilities
or understanding. I want every student to be able to stand alongside their peers in any TSD group and be able to hold their own - never to feel 'unworthy' or any less able than the others with them. So their progress will be steady and strong. When they get
to Black Belt, it will be by their hard work and tenacity - and it will show. I'm proud of every one of our students that keep plugging away, working hard and waiting for the rewards. Tang Soo!