Finding the Right Instructor: Tips for Selecting the Ideal Internal Martial Arts Teacher

As someone who has embarked on a journey from the external to the internal arts in recent years, I have learned that finding the right teacher is essential for developing authentic internal skills. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong teacher can not only waste time and money but also hinder your progress. Therefore, it is crucial to research and find a teacher who can guide you toward developing authentic internal skills.

It is essential to note that not all teachers are created equal. For example, some self-proclaimed masters may have little knowledge or skills, while others have dedicated their lives to studying and practicing the internal arts. The right teacher should have a proven track record of passing on actual skills to their students. You can evaluate this by looking at their past students and assessing if they gained anything from studying with that particular teacher. A good teacher should not only share the correct training methods with you but also be able to explain the “cause” behind the “effect” of their training and guide you towards developing tangible skills.

Finding the right teacher is not easy, and you may have to visit and try several before finding the right fit. From my experience, making mistakes and searching for the proper knowledge is part of the journey. However, it is crucial to be patient and not settle for a teacher who doesn’t meet your needs or expectations.

I have been very fortunate to have encountered and learned from exceptional teachers with extensive knowledge and expertise, which has greatly supported my learning process. What sets these teachers apart is their ability to explain the fundamental principles underlying their methods. This has helped me make progress in my own internal journey and allowed me to understand the reasoning behind their instruction.

On the other hand, despite spending extended periods learning from some teachers, I have also had experiences where my progress was hindered due to their lack of knowledge, poor teaching skills, or an unwillingness to share accurate information. These experiences were frustrating and disheartening, but they taught me the importance of being patient and, most importantly, not settling for a teacher who does not meet my needs or expectations.

In conclusion, finding the right teacher is crucial to your progress in the internal arts. Do your research, ask the right questions, and be patient in your search. Finding the right teacher can make all the difference in your journey toward developing authentic skills in the internal arts. So, learn from my mistakes and make sure you find the right teacher to guide you towards your goals.

Online Resources

In addition to the tips shared in this article, resources available on The Martial Man – Online Community can aid you in evaluating potential teachers through their online courses before committing to flying across the world to learn from a teacher in person.

Our website provides a platform for users to read reviews and feedback on courses and teachers. In addition, this online community of practitioners can share their experiences, making it an excellent resource for those who want to learn from the best.

So, if you want to evaluate potential teachers and courses, check out the courses on our site and find the right teacher to guide you toward your goals and develop authentic internal skills.

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It’s been around eight months since we last met, what have you been up to since I last saw you?

I’ve basically been in retreat, which means not teaching very much, not working, just practice. I have mostly been focusing on my personal practice and my health and well-being. Quiet time. I only taught two training camps, a seven-day camp in the US, and the same another seven-day camp in Europe. That’s all, only two events. Other than that, all private time. For the last ten years, I’ve been continuously traveling, continuously teaching, and devoting all of my time and effort to other people, you know, to my students to bring up the skill of everybody. And I feel like it’s the right time when I turned 40, I thought it’s time to concentrate on my practice and focus on my personal development more. I feel that raising my skill higher and higher is the best thing to serve myself and also to serve my students.