Tonight (Friday) we once again invited along local dancing super star Bethany Muldown to lead our Advanced Kids Class. The session was similar to the Wednesday session earlier in the week but with a number of different exercises being taught.
As a Karate Instructor/Coach, I think its always important to keep pushing yourself to learn more. In Japanese this principle of ‘continuous improvement’ is called kaizen. This could be the eternal struggle of perfecting a technique or kata, or even studying a Sports Coaching Degree to ensure you’re at the cutting edge. In this particular case it’s acknowledging that there are others who are better suited than us to lead certain sessions.
Bethany has studied dancing for many years, her core strength is particularly impressive and is proof that regular strength and conditioning training works!
Bringing in an external coach also has the added benefit of ‘mixing it up a little’. Even though a number of exercises that Bethany did were the same ones that we ourselves use when teaching, they may have been done in a slightly different way, or a stretch was held for much longer which seriously tested our bodies!.
The main thing I learned personally was that we are doing a lot of things right, we just need to arm our students with the skills to do more of these exercises in their own time at home. We also need to hold a lot of our stretches longer – it really makes a difference.
Thank you once again to Bethany for giving up her free time for us, we really appreciate it and once again, everyone loved it! Some of the parents liked it so much that they have asked Bethany to lead a weekly session just for them!
For those of you that would like to learn more about strengthening your core, check out PhysioRoom.com.