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Being a good teacher

Being a good teacher

Now Im here to remind you youre not JUST a teacher of an art of war or an art passed down by this or that man or woman or an art more effective than that other art. No, youre a teacher and the people you work with require you to be a good teacher and maybe even a great teacher.
You know what a great teacher is, yes? A great teacher transcends the subject he or she teaches. Its not about art anymore, its not about architecture or design, its not about the published piece, its not about winning, losing, excelling or failing, its about life and how to live it with some sense of connection, with having met some of your potential, its about leaving something where you pass that illustrates the best we can be. Its not about you or me, its about being the kind of teacher who makes people cry tears of joy, who leaves a selfless imprint of love and compassion and caring and sacrifice and an appreciation for what it feels like to give everything you have for the benefit of others. Being a great teacher is being very, very good at what you do, AND finding a way to make others even better and to inspire them to WANT to be better.
So, those of you this resonates with, let me further remind you (and these things are, of course, just my opinions): Dont be a teacher, only, of jiu-jitsu or tkd or judo or karate or whatever your brand is called, connect yourself to humanity, to the struggles, to the rights and wrongs, to the things that cause suffering and use your work to improveeverything youre smart enough, resourceful enough, resilient enough, compassionate enough, and connected enough to improve.
You dont just teach martial arts, youre a teacher/citizen/student. Be a great one and start now if youre not there yet, as time is short and you dont have an unlimited amount of it. Before you know it, your time to affect real change will be over.

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