Vancouver Seiyu Karate

"Faithfulness and Courage"

"A Sense of Accomplishment" by Shella Gallardo

Vancouver Cup 2014 Special Column ~ Karate for your child. Is it worth it?~

One of the reasons I decided to take the instructor program was to work on my instructing skills. I wanted to build up my confidence when standing before a group of people, be they children or adults. I thought a good place to start would be to teach children. Teaching children is very different from teaching an adult class.

 

Children have wonder, curiosity, and an energy that is infectious. They want to learn and be confident and it makes me, as a teacher, want to see them achieve their goals. Some of the challenges I face with teaching the children's classes is helping students overcome their fear of the unknown. Some of the exercises are new and challenging and students are at first afraid to look silly or get hurt. This makes them reluctant to try.

 

My job is to instill a trust in them of me and the environment they train in. Often, when some of the shyer students see other students try and sometimes fail or even succeed they will try too because they realize everyone is learning something new. When I see students overcome a difficult challenge and discover a newfound confidence, it is in these moments that I feel a sense of accomplishment.

 

I have found that instructing children has allowed me to feel more at ease when instructing a class and at the very least taught me how to project my voice so I no longer sound like a mouse. I hope to continue being an instructor and providing young students with a fun, safe and challenging setting for learning karate.

 

My job is to instill a trust in them of me and the environment they train in. Often, when some of the shyer students see other students try and sometimes fail or even succeed they will try too because they realize everyone is learning something new. When I see students overcome a difficult challenge and discover a newfound confidence, it is in these moments that I feel a sense of accomplishment.

 

I have found that instructing children has allowed me to feel more at ease when instructing a class and at the very least taught me how to project my voice so I no longer sound like a mouse. I hope to continue being an instructor and providing young students with a fun, safe and challenging setting for learning karate.

Shella Gallardo

Vancouver Seiyu Karate

Children's Class Official Instructor

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