"Before you speak, Persian, know that everyone, even a king's messenger, is held accountable for the words of his voice." - King Leonidas, 300Read Now
You can't train in a fish bowl to fight in a shark tank. There's people out there who have never trained in a dojo or gone to a formal lesson, but could seriously hurt an unprepared professional because of poor skill instruction and untested techniques with no logical flow. That's because that person swims with predators every day and has no illusions.
Somewhere along the line, you have to set aside your ego and your preconceived notions, especially if you are an instructor. There's a lot of vanity tied up in being the 'sage on the stage' and that's the wrong perspective; you should be honored to teach and it should be reflected in the curriculum you present.
Let me ask you a question: If a law enforcement officer or solider or security guard could sue you if what you're teaching them failed, or worse yet, his or her family could sue you if that member was killed in the line of duty, would you still teach it? Would you teach it the same way? Because that's how you should always approach instruction. A little trepidation and sense of jeopardy should inform every single instructor's methods and delivery.
You better believe in your curriculum, because if you don't, why are you teaching it? And that belief better come from serious pressure testing and critical analysis of the skills you're teaching. Anything less than that, and you're risking other people's lives.
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