My son/daughter is having a hard time learning his/her form, why? My son just got his/her stripe, he/she can’t be ready for testing already is he/she?
People learn forms in very different ways. I learn the framework and can fake my way through a form rather quickly. Then I have to focus on the details to get it testing/competition ready. My wife on the other hand is so detail oriented that she has to learn all the “little things” as she goes. It takes her longer to be able to do it on her own but when she does, it is nearly testing/competition ready. Neither learning style is right or wrong. It’s just how people learn based on their personality. The kids are the same way.
How much should I be involved in my kid’s training? When should I make them practice at home?
You shouldn’t do either! The hardest thing for parents to do in martial arts is to give up control and let us handle it. All you need to do is get them in class (which is the hardest part). Then just trust our judgment.
If I have a question, who do I ask?
For routine matters, the web site is full of information and for particular matters anyone behind the counter can help you. During the summer there are times when I do not have a dedicated counter person and one of the instructors will handle things between classes. Please do not call out onto the mats for any reason, even if you need help at the counter. That kind of distraction really takes away from our primary focus, helping the students learn.
How do I know when my son/daughter is ready for testing?
If we say they are ready to test (they get their black stripe), they should test. Parents should never judge for themselves. (For the record, the other instructors decide this for my kids.) Parents can be biased (both positive and negative) and you don’t know what is important at each level. Also, be careful when asking the kids if they are ready. Many of our perfectionists kids expect too much of themselves and tend to play it safe instead of taking a little healthy risk. Something they need to learn. If someone isn’t prepared or I don’t believe they can pass testing, I won’t let them test.