Why You Still Need A Martial Arts Teacher

In learning the martial arts, does one every reach a point where they no longer need a teacher?

What happens when you reach Black Belt, or master status in the art?

Why do so many students, when achieving teacher status, leave and start a school?

To be student of something means that you have a teacher, and the moment you don’t have a teacher you are no longer a student.

Does that mean as a teacher/master you have nothing else to learn in the art?

A teacher, without a teacher is no longer growing.

On a practical level, having a teacher means that you have a mentor/teacher making corrections in your movement, pointing out adjustments that need to be made- helping you to eliminate weakness.

Even if they have taught you the kata, and all the variations, continuing to train with them allows them to refine you movement.

On a practical level, to make sure you are on track, having a teacher to correct you each week in class keeps you on the path.

Beware of teachers that no longer have a teacher.

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art.

Questions, comments, feedback, and inquiries may be emailed to the group here: BujinkanShinmyoken@gmail.com.