Most martial arts instructors appreciate questions. Getting a question shows that their students and athletes are engaged and are willing to learn. But as a student, asking questions isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes, it’s intimidating.
Rather than avoiding questions, remember that your instructors are there to help you learn and to guide you through the process. They can help you improve, but you have to be willing to put yourself out there and ask for some help.
Here are a few things to consider when you ask your martial arts instructor a question about your training.
Before Asking a Question
Practice a New Skill First.
If you have a question about a specific skill, try it before you ask a question. Sometimes trying out or practicing a skill a few times will answer your question even before you ask.
Consider Your Timing.
Make sure your question is relevant to what your instructor is explaining or demonstrating. It might be helpful to wait until your instructor finishes a demo and asks the class for questions. If you think your question is off-topic, it’s still okay to ask, but perhaps wait until after the class is over.
After Asking a Question
Try It Out.
After asking your question, it’s time to put the information to use. For example, if you asked your instructor about a skill, work through what your instructor told you in their response. Then, if something still doesn’t make sense, ask follow-up questions.
Be patient with putting your instructor’s feedback into practice. If you’re still learning something new, you may not master the skill right away. Just because something hasn’t clicked doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. Be patient and keep practicing.
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