Recently I was running a lesson with the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society and I was pointing out to two young ladies, part of the beginners course, how one was not hitting as hard as she could while performing a simple exercise.
Her partner was surprised of my remark and she stopped asking how I could tell she was not hitting “as hard as she could”. Surprisingly that was the first time somebody questioned my teaching in this way and I pondered for a few seconds before answering.
Many years of experience allow you to recognise and evaluate very quickly, within matter of seconds while a person is practicing martial arts, whether the he/she:
- Is Powerful
- Is Fast
- Is Well co-ordinated
- Has good reflexes
- Can bear strong attacks
- Has a good sense of fighting
- Her body mass and shape allows a certain level of power
As I listed to her the above, non exhaustive, list of features and mentioned my experience in years that exceeds by a decade her age she quickly accepted my comment and carried on training.
Many instructors like to feel powerful and imposing their dogmatic teaching to their students expecting them to simply trust and believe him/her. As my teaching is fully based on scientific principles everything can be explained and showed how techniques can be improved and fine tuned to deliver maximum efficiency and power.
So I quickly helped her partner to adjust her posture and angle of attack and within a couple of exercises she was hitting 30-40% harder. Physical fitness can be and will be improved by continuous training while the right technique will improve your performance in a very short time.
That’s what experience gives you.