Indiana Martial Arts
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Subject: GMA Newsletter
Breaking: Several think that it should be practiced more often before testing time. It has been theorized that breaking too frequently can lead to joint problems from the constant impact, particularly in children who are still growing and in students who have not properly conditioned their feet and hands for prolonged breaking (another medical debate). We try to minimize the risk of injury by being more selective in our breaking, but keep in mind the paddle and kicking shield drills, if done properly, should easily carry over into breaking skill but with less impact. So in essence, we practice for breaking quite regularly.
Class requirements and testing: Keep in mind that the 30 class minimum is only one requirement that must be met prior to testing and does not guarantee testing privileges. Please remember it is not a race but an individual journey. Letting students test before they reach the proper level of competency only cheats the student. That is how kids can graduate high school without knowing how to read. That is not the martial way.
Help with retention: GM Choi says to be a master you must master the basics. Unfortunately, children dont always appreciate this and may get a little bored during slower times in training (i.e. during the stripe level before the next belt color, where there is less to learn). This is usually only a short term problem that is remedied when the student tests and again has the excitement of learning new forms, 1-steps, etc. But in the meantime, we need your help to make sure that students dont throw away long term rewards during a short term sticking point. You wouldnt let your kid drop out of school, so why let them drop out of a personal development program under such circumstances? Please help us as we help the student work through it.
Testimonials: Also, thanks to those who offered to write a testimonial for GMA during the conferences. We are eager to receive them whenever you are finished writing them.
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