Training for pro-instructor

I’ve put myself in training for that third day to increase my fitness for those tests (I need to do better in the pushup test and core test to pass), except following the weekend I was sick for a week, so that’s kinda knocked back my training progress ­čśĽ

Only 4 weeks to train and improve, and 1 week sick…… now only got 3 weeks. But I went to my chiro last week and it just turns out that he does deep muscle tissue work aswell, so I got him to look at my shoulder. OMG what he did was AWESOME! It’s not immediately fixed, and I’ll need to see him again, but what he did was a huge relief, and I noticed a massive difference!

So on Sunday I practised the core and pushup test, but I didn’t quite push myself cuz I was still unwell. Then I went and did bench press with 40kg, 8 reps……….and when I taught pump the next evening I already felt stronger, even though I was still sore! I did all the pushups in the shoulder track on my toes, even though I haven’t been able to do that since I first injured my shoulder 9 months ago! icon_eek.gif

Will probably do some training again tonight, might just do some heavy weights……….not sure if I should do the attack class though prior tp my BB, cuz I don’t know yet if I’m feeling 100% yet from being sick?

Day after Pro-instructor

I taught BP/BB last night, and it was weird. You look at our class in a whole different light. I was actually “thinking” about what I was saying (that’s something very very new to me!). The entire class was surreal, and although it wasn’t like I was doing anything hugely different, there was a slight shift……..and I felt the difference in the class.

Also, in BB…….a group of people in the class suddenly got the ankle cross lift………and I don’t think that was an accident! As I said before, I didn’t really teach different, it’s just SOMETHING was different.

Almost sounds spiritual what I’m saying……..preaching about.

This course is actually less about the five key elements, and more about how you THINK about things.

They also teach you how to use the DISC profiles in your teaching……….like REALLY use it. Most instructors are I’s and teach like I’s (fun etc), but that’s really only nice for the I’s in your class…….meanwhile you piss off the D’s, S’s and C’s icon_wink.gif

Pro-instructor Day 2

Just back from day 2. OMG, it’s such an eye opener. A whole new world of teaching!

I didn’t know what to expect when I first when into the course, but I tell ya, it’s even better than you expect!

You kinda get the assumption that being a “pro-instructor” course you’d be focussing on the 5 key elements, performance etc, and “shining” as an instructor. But it’s NOT. The course delves more into inclusive language, and avoiding using things like “I want you to….” etc. You go through the DISC profile and then specifically apply the DISC profile to teaching individual tracks.

There’s so so so much more, but I couldn’t possibly explain it all. It’s AWESOME and really opens your eyes up to what you actually “say”, rather than just “performing” all the time (especially when you studying the DISC profiles).

Today I ended up going with balance, and I did the tai chi warmup from 33. Afterwards Garry immediately asked me to do BB on the third day aswell, because balance definately suits me more (remember this is on a “pro-instructor” level). The only feedback I got from Garry was that my tai chi ball was too high (should be by the belly), and the arm circles need to flow more (I was exaggerating the “pause” too much…..I need to look at the video again). But apart from that my cueing appears to be spot on, which I kinda feel uneasy about cuz I feel like “well there must be something I could improve?” Now I guess I need to just focus on another track and show Garry that I can demonstrate contrast in another track.

Day 3 we’re also going to learn how to do assessments of other instructors…………formal assessments, cuz that’s something that’s really lacking in this industry…..

This next month though, gawd I don’t think my teaching will ever be the same. This is a whole new world! Everyone, if this ends up going global and it comes near you, DO IT……….if you’re really serious about teaching and serious about improving you gotta do it!

Pro-instructor Day 1

Oh my gawd, just back from day 1……….my head is spinning!

so much to think about…………and the fitness testing…….oh wow!

I’ve never done a beep test before, so that was interesting! I sucked completely at the pushups, cuz 9 months of having a rotator cuff injury has made me lose a LOT of strength. Also, when you do the pushups, you don’t do body pump pushups, you have to touch your chest to the floor. After having already done the beep test and the agility test I sucked! Only managed to do 10 in 1 minute…..arrrrgh

The core test………..OMG!

we had to do a hover for 60sec
then lift 1 arm for 15 secs
lift the other arm for 15 sec
lift 1 leg 15 sec
lift other leg 15 sec
then lift 1 arm 1 leg icon_eek.gif (from a HOVER position) 15 sec
lift other arm and other leg 15 sec
hover for 30 sec

the squat test was cool though……….did GREAT on that………but I know I could have done better now that I’ve had 1 practise. Had to squat as many times as possible in 1 min with 30 kg (40kg for men). Easy really……..I got 41, but now I know what to do it’ll be easy to increase on that.

Kim Knott is doing Pro-Instructor with us, and that was cool to watch, she got 60 icon_razz.gif

presentations? ugh……….I haven’t been so nervous in a long time!

That’s all I can get out for now, my head is just reeling……… much to think about. More presentations for tomorrow….

Phone call from Garry

update………got a phone call from Garry Hart himself today to check if I was all set and prepared for the Pro-instructor weekend (how cool is that? personalised huh?)……….and he was asking which program I was gonna do (cuz I hadn’t nominated which one yet)…..

anyways, I told him that I was struggling to decide between the 2 programs, and he said I could do both then if I wanted! One program on sat, the other on sun………but I’d need to decide on which for the final third day in a months time.

It’s not “normal” to do 2 programs……….but us instructors don’t always fit into the “norm” it seems icon_lol.gif

but that means I have to prepare FOUR tracks! icon_rolleyes.gif
sooooo………….now my decision is even tougher, do I do balance, combat or both? icon_lol.gif

Taekwondo Update

Just a little update………there’s now gradings every 6 weeks, instead of every 3 months, meaning the next grading is in 2 weeks.

I missed last week though, so hopefully that doesn’t set me back to much to go for the grading in 2 weeks.

Learning 3 step sparring and more blocks icon_eek.gif

Got thrown into the deep end last night with the 8th grade pattern. Doesn’t pay to miss a week icon_eek.gif
Shona’s kids have taken me through it now though, so I think I’ve got it. But the turn into the twin forearm block gets me nearly everytime!

oh, and I’ve surrendered and drawn a big L and R on the back of my hands, cuz I just couldn’t cope icon_lol.gif
Everyone laughs at me, they just don’t get it icon_lol.gif


I’ve booked into a Pro-Instructor course this weekend (it’s a new advanced training package in Australia, and this is the first one to be held in Adelaide), and as part of it they do fitness testing etc. But if you teach more than one program, you have to nominate a program that you are going to use for the weekend……presumably the program you’re best at.

I do pump balance and combat, and I can’t decide which between combat and balance.

I trained in BC and BB around the same time (2.5 years ago), and I’m pretty strong in both of them. There’s pros and cons for both – with BC, it’s easier to get the “motivated” hyped up feeling, but I don’t really have a martial arts background, which can reflect in tech (except for the fact that I have started taekwondo recently, but that doesn’t really count yet).
With balance, it’s easier to teach, easier to CRC and “connect”, but they’ll also test flexibility. I’m pretty flexible in terms of the “real” world……..but I can’t fold myself in half or anything, and I do have some limitations in certain areas (ie. can’t do the reverse prayer… chest is too tight).

Also, I’m not sure my fitness level is quite what it was last year. I’ve been trying to fit in 1 attack class each week to help, but I also have my shoulder injury and stuff………so I wonder if I should choose balance?

Combat is so fun though……

arrrrrgh, I can’t choose! It’s too hard!