Much of our martial arts training utilizes an imaginary attacker, primarily so that the beginner student has a way of practicing when they are away from the dojo. (Like at home for example) It is not until the intermediate level (Leadership Class) or higher that students routinely partner up with each other.
We minimize the amount of contact in the beginner class, because new students are just learning how to execute techniques and their control is naturally not as reliable. However, over time with more repetitions, students gain better control over their techniques and are generally safer to train with another student.
To be a good training partner, or UKE, you should adhere to the following guidelines:
- When asked to find a partner, do it quickly and without talking
- You should always choose the person closest to you, unless you are instructed to pick someone your own size
- If a student approaches you, do not turn away from them and look for another partner – this is disrespectful and frowned upon
- Always train to the lower of the belt ranks among partners
- There should be little talking finding and working with your partner. If you have a question or need help, please raise your hand.
- When working with a beginner student, allow them to learn the technique before resisting at full force
- Be sure to communicate with your partner – let them know if they are being too hard or too soft
- If your partner does not listen to you, bring it to the instructor’s attention or Sensei
- If possible, it is better if siblings can work with different partners
- When working with a partner, always be positive and supportive
These are the main rules of etiquette when working with a fellow student partner. Above all else, every student is expected to behave with courtesy and respect at all times.
If you have any questions about the rules of etiquette for partner training, please feel free to talk to an instructor or email Sensei at [email protected]
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.