2 Tips on Being A Great Training Partner!
Communication and Patience
Why are training partners important?
One of the things that makes the MKG International stand apart from other martial art schools is that we work with a partner from day one!
Working with another person right away can help to develop some important aspects of martial arts training; things like timing, spacial awareness, distance regulation, sensitivity among many other things.
And it's FUN!
These aspects of training are very important but, working with at partner can also intimidating.
Here are 2 tips that may help you to be a better training partner and get the most out of your training.
Communicate . . .
To get the most out of your training you need to let your partner know what you are feeling. If you are unsure about the drill or it is a little confusing to you, say so. Tell your partner how it is going for you so they can help you. If things are going to fast ask them to slow down a bit. If the drill has a lot of variables ask you partner to focus on one part at a time. If your partner is going too hard ask them to take it easy. It is not being rude. It is to make sure that you are on the same page, so that you can train safely and get the most out your class time.
If your partner communicates something that is making them uncomfortable, listen and make the correct adjustment. Don’t tell them to “Suck it up, this is the way it is.” Take the time to make sure that your partner is familiar with the drills and confident. That way everyone will get the best out of their training. This may take some time, so be patient. Don't be afraid to share what has helped you to grow and gain confidence. With that said . . . .