Rich is a pilot who wanted to learn Tae Kwon-Do, but his flight schedule prevented him from taking classes. So we set Rich up with a personal trainer to get in shape and private lessons to begin his studies.
He was a hard worker and progressed very well, but something was missing. Rich lacked a certain edge while training. He did everything we asked correctly, yet his intensity wasn’t there. As an instructor, you worry for people missing that look in their eye and wonder if they’ll be okay if attacked.
This lack of intensity problem occurs when a person works with only one trainer all the time. A relationship develops where you become comfortable with one another. You’ll soon predict one another’s actions and reactions. For example, a student will soon learn just how hard and far the trainer will push him. It’s possible for the student, as well as the trainer, to become relaxed and complacent.
So later, when Rich’s flight schedule changed, we insisted he participate in a class. Rich immediately saw the difference in how people train and fight. When he sparred with his instructor, Rich knew how his instructor always reacted. But going up against a stranger was an eye opening experience for Rich. He learned he wasn’t as good as he thought he was, and that’s a good thing.
Studying Tae Kwon-Do is about learning how to interact and deal with other people, not only socially, but when we train and fight as well. Though we offer private lessons and personal training, I alway encourage people to take our classes. Physically we’re all different in size and weight, and that drastically affects how we train and learn self-defense techniques. Culturally we all come from different backgrounds and taking a Tae Kwon-Do class helps us to appreciate and respect one another.
It’s through the class structure you’ll work with many different people. You’ll learn more, become stronger, and most importantly keep your edge.
Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do offers a trial program for individuals and families in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas that allows you to get a feel for the different classes, meet our instructors, and experience our dojang. It’s a great way to see if Tae Kwon-Do is right for you. To learn more or to sign up, register online or call (716) 836-KICK (5425) and a member of our team will follow up with you on next steps. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Pil-Sung!