Although I may know what my belt means to me (as I wrote in my last post), there will still be others out there who will doubt. My skill level may be even more of a concern now since I am now qualified to teach Jiu-Jitsu (certified at the Gracie Academy in January 2015 – you can read more about it here).
Still, students who come to the school may wonder what they’ll get from a blue belt instructor. I can’t speak for anyone else but myself … and this is what I can say and commit to my students:
1) I know that I’m a blue belt.
2) I still have a lot to learn, but I am 100% confident with teaching everything that I have been certified to teach.
3) My students’ safety will be my #1 priority.
4) I am committed to continuously working towards becoming a better teacher and practitioner.
5) I will always be honest – if there’s something that I don’t know, then I’ll be up front about it.
There’s really nothing more to say about the matter.
It’s just something that I wanted to briefly address since I’ll now be in front of the class teaching. In the end, each person will have a different connection with their instructor. I know I’ve had instructors with impressive accomplishments and accolades yet their teaching was terrible. There’s something completely different between knowing how to do something and knowing how to teach it … teaching is a lot more difficult (I’ve had 15 years of teaching experience, so I definitely know how challenging it can be). I know that my passion for teaching is something that I’ll be bringing with me on the mats each day – and this is why I will have no problem standing in front of a class of students and teaching Jiu-Jitsu as a blue belt.