Sorry, I Can’t Teach You

In Coaching, Discipline, Excellence, Leadership, Training by Don Alley

Several years ago, my son Judah decided he had an interest in playing the violin.

“Hey Dad, can you teach me how to play? I’d love to learn!”

I started playing the violin in the 2nd grade, and have played ever since, so it was only natural that he would ask me. I’ve taken breaks during my life of course, but I have always come back to it. One of my most special violin memories is playing at my mom’s wedding… it was perfect.

Back to Judah.

I declined.

“Nope. Sorry bud, I can’t teach you.”

It had nothing to do with desire… it simply came down to skill. I don’t know HOW to teach the violin.

I can play—pretty well, I’d like to think. But I was taught the mechanics as a kid, and grew up playing for the purpose of PLAYING, not teaching.

And then it dawned on me— I could be SO MUCH BETTER of a violinist if I knew how to teach it! The precise way to hold the violin to maximize the sound, tricks on improving vibrato, creating a resonating tone with the bow hand being just so… I know those metrics exist, but I don’t know what they are.

I would not only have the skill to instruct my son, or anybody else who wanted to learn… but I would be able to SELF-correct, and know how to accelerate my ability, and improve tremendously.

And that’s exactly what we have seen over the years when we introduced our CIT program (Certified Instructor Training). The students who go through this training, learning how to teach, are ALWAYS better martial artists—they consistently become the elite.

And they become so good BECAUSE they are learning how to teach it. When you are an instructor, you train with a different mindset. You know what it’s suppose to look like, you know the intensity that you want YOUR students to have, and so you push even harder, knowing that you are getting better, and simultaneously and indirectly, improving your students.

It’s totally win-win.

Which is why we want more people in our CIT Program 🙂 Want to be a better martial artist? Learn how to teach it.

“But I already have a job!”

I didn’t day join my staff… I said learn how to teach! I promise, you will accelerate, and become a more talented practitioner.

So, are you already a member, and interested in learning more about the program that will take your martial arts training to the next level? Reach out to me and express your interest in joining our elite CIT program. Let’s chat!

Not a student yet? Before you can learn how to teach… you have to start training with us 🙂 If you are interested in learning martial arts and taking the first step on a journey that has changed thousands of lives, click here, get your 30-day guest pass, and I’ll see you in class!

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.