“This question is constantly in my mind, being a schoolteacher. But in terms of martial arts, where we put our faith and decades of training in the hands of one person, how do we know if we have a good teacher or not?
Some people say, I know a good teacher when I see one. Ah! The approach based on intuition and feeling. We depend on our 6th sense to inform us if we have a good teacher. Or maybe it is about feeling, how I feel after a class, how I feel about this teacher. I may like the teacher and maybe this is all that counts. But I still haven’t answered the question: is he or she a good teacher?
Others believe that to depend on feelings alone would blind us, blind us to the teacher’s shortcomings. As they say, love is blind. Some teachers are very charismatic, even though they may know little. They can turn on the charm, and we are mesmerized. But what are we learning and what are they teaching us?
I talked to a student of mine recently who had studied at another school and when he asked the teacher what style of kenjutsu it was that he was learning, the teacher told him “Oh, don’t worry. It’s all good stuff.” But the teacher had nice cuts and showed one amazing technique where he threw the sword quickly from hand to hand. The explanation? It is a technique designed to confuse the opponent.”
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