Communications

Articles examining different methods of delivering feedback to students and reviewing progress

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25 tips to build engagement and fun in your kids martial arts classes

Every now and again I get a request from a martial arts instructor asking how to build engagement and fun in the classes they deliver as part of their kid’s martial arts programme. This one thing is obviously top of the list when it comes to increasing enjoyment and retention. I thought it would be …

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Building members for life: Leveraging Self Determination Theory in your martial arts club

Ryan and Deci’s Self Determination Theory has been the subject of study in sports contexts for decades. Centred around building intrinsic motivation, it’s surprising that it hasn’t been the focus of attention for martial arts clubs and organisations looking to grow their memberships. If we can understand the motivation of our members and create a …

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The curse of knowledge – the presumption of foundational skills and understanding

The Curse of Knowledge is when we make decisions based on the presumption of prior knowledge. While this can often happen when we are working with children, it is also common when you have been working a field for a long time. You can be blind to your sector specific expertise. This often manifests itself …

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