I have always read about, researched and wrote about the different arts I have learned as well as trying to read as much about other arts I have been interested in. I think it has helped me learn at a quicker pace and in today’s world, video and DVD can substitute for books but you can’t substitute having a teacher! It is essential to get the little things and they are the things that make a difference.
I like to think that anybody who has trained with me has always come away with as much as they wanted and what they needed from the lesson, I used to lesson plan everything and chart progress for students so I could determine the best way to help them achieve goals but then it became tedious and quite boring so I decided to take a more instinctive approach and it seemed to work for me and the students. I think this approach would not work with a large amount of students but as I mainly taught between 8-10 who were already instructors it seemed to work well.
If I taught larger groups it was usually as a workshop so I needed to plan and teach to the groups level taking into account what they had learned previously and what the next step will be.
I have taught for over 20 years and I am still enthusiastic about passing on my knowledge to anyone who is interested I only ask that you are respectful, loyal and honest, if I am not teaching what you want or need let me know I might be able to point you in the right direction as what I teach is not for everyone but they are always welcome to try and find out.