Tips for new instructors: Constructive criticism [Video]

September 12, 2016

Martial arts instructor demonstrates stance for student.

A good martial arts instructor informs students of how they’re doing in a constructive manner. Don’t single out a student who isn’t doing something correctly.

Instead, address the whole class with pointers. Chances are, the student who needs the instruction will catch on. Avoid negative words like “wrong” and instead focus on how the students can improve. Everyone responds better to positive reinforcement.

It always helps to demonstrate the moves again, too, so students can get a refresher on how the correct form looks.