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The Teachability Index


Teachability indexTeachability Index

What does it mean ?

It means you must be teachable.

Always be a student. Always have the desire to learn.

When we talk about teaching, we often think of teachers and learning methods that teach something.
But you never talk about the student and what he is willing to learn.
When someone comes into a club, they never ask him if he is ready to learn. Too bad. It is not because he has paid his dues, that he is necessarily ready. To see if he really has a high index of teachability, he should show him what he will have to learn.

Two qualities needed

To have a high teaching ability index, you need to have two things:

  1. the deep desire to learn
  2. willingness to accept change

Let me explain a little more.
You want to learn a lot, but it's not all about having a goal.
There are different ways to present it.
If you were told when you arrived at your Karate Club:

"Look, the guy over there, he just passed his black belt, it's been about five years that he trains and he just passed his black belt. Would you like to have this black belt? "
You would have probably said, "Yeah, I want, yeah ..."

But, you could have heard another version:

"He has just had his black belt, he has been training for five years, he comes three times a week, he also trains at home, he has worked a lot, and so on. Would you like to do like him? " " Three times per week ? ... Yeah ... "

That's it, the willingness to learn but that's not all ..
You have a goal that is ambitious because you want to be a black belt. But it is not enough to have this goal, you must also have the will to pay the price.
What do you have to give in exchange to reach this level?
You must give sweat, tears, time and you must practice to achieve this goal.
And that is never asked of students who arrive in a club.
You do not have to think right away about the black belt. Go belt by belt. Give yourself goals by saying to yourself:
"That's what you have to learn, do you really want to do it? "
"Do you commit yourself? "
"Do you really want to learn? "
"Yeah, I want to learn. No problem. "
The will to learn is that.
Then there is the will to accept the change.
When you exercise, you must agree to get out of your comfort zone. To learn karate, you have to admit that there are many things you will need to change in your life. There are times when you will have aches. There are times when you will have to go beyond your limits to be at your maximum capacity. To overcome this, you will have to overcome your fears to, for example, present a Kata in front of everyone. You must go beyond that to accept the changes.
You will need to change some of the things you are used to doing; some emotions that you are used to having.
Once you have these two values: the will to learn and the willingness to accept change, you are ready to receive the teachings.
And those two things, you have to keep them all the time. Even if someone is sixth, seventh or eighth dan, he must always keep this will to learn, because there are always new things to know.

Review your practices

A personal example with my Katas. Before, I always turned on tiptoe. Now, I learned to turn on my heels. Initially, it disturbed me. And then, I realized that I had a lot more power turning on my heels and I avoided doing "Nige".
Even when you have learned something and you have certainties, do not tell yourself: "It's good, I know, I do not need, no, I know. That's not true. From the moment you say "I know," your teaching ability index drops to zero. You must always say, "Learn, learn! "

The example of a Master

Master Funakoshiwhen he was very old, he was still working a lot with his Taikyoku and yet he had to know them. Why review them? He was still working because he still had to learn about Taikyoku. A little before his death, he made Zuki in a Makiwara and said, "Wow, that's it, I'm starting to feel my Zuki. "
It was Master Funakoshi, and for him, he was beginning to feel his Zuki. We have a lot to learn. So, whatever your level, always be with the spirit of a schoolboy who says: "Yeah, I want to learn, I want, I want! "

Your determination will make the difference

It is by believing in it, by really having that desire to learn and by thinking about all the things you do not know, that you will progress. You have learned some techniques and there are certain concepts that you have understood. It's pretty much clear to you but you still have a lot of things to learn. What you know is only the tip of the iceberg.
Always be with this open mind. When you have knowledge, do not say that it is acquired and that you, you know. So, you do not know anything or rather, you only know what you have been taught and what you have seen. All that is around you have not yet learned, you have not seen it yet, you do not know.
Always be like this: willingness to learn and accept change.
Your teachability index is very important.

By thinking of being your own teacher, you will move faster.
Have that little voice in your head that says, "Hey, you do not know enough. Come on, we keep learning! "

Try to think about it and always be in this perspective of always learning.
In conclusion: progress and change if necessary.

I have prepared a video in which I talk about the importance of the Teachability Index.

I hope these tips will help you better remember your karate classes.
As usual, I will be happy to read your comments and answer you.

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  1. The learner does not really know what he is looking for or how to get it.
    Prejudices about the ideal teacher do not help him. How many will want to train at a champion who does selection and not training?
    This is illustrated by a story of Mullah Nasredin Hodja one day when he was caught looking for his keys under a lamppost. A passerby offered to help him and asked him where he had lost his keys. He answered: near the tavern.
    The passer-by: but then why are you looking here?
    The Mullah replied: because here it is enlightened ... there we can not see anything ...

  2. Hello,
    I would like to be able to hear what you explain every moment to always have the mind open enough to be able to really learn, and to show more humility when I think I know a little.
    Nevertheless, it is also necessary that the teacher gives this desire.
    "By thinking of being your own teacher, you will move faster. I would like to believe it, but it would still be necessary to give the indications to have the right movement, to know the goal towards which one tends.
    I start karate, I'm involved but when I hardly a correction per course, I'm not sure to progress very quickly even increasing my teaching ability index.
    thank you in any case for this very beautiful explanation.

    • Hello Flo,
      If you take the trouble to stay focused on the correction that your teacher tells you and you make sure you do not do it, you will progress faster than if you had 15 corrections per course and you do not know what to fix. You understand.
      You have to walk step by step. You are at the foot of a mountain, it does not matter if you do not see the summit yet. Advance, step by step and with perseverance, this is the path of budoka.

  3. Hello Bruno,
    Practicing since 2000, I followed some formations: the DAF then the DIF. I admit that this video makes me see this sport from an angle that I like simply because I have the impression to know nothing. I mean, my motivation is to be on the lookout for any teaching in practice, as well as in theory, and by anyone who does. I am 68 years old and I still want to progress.

  4. Hi Bruno,
    This instructability index, which is the subject of your video, is a subject that interests me as well in my job as an educator.Effectively, the teacher is the eternal student, and the student could not understand better what he learns that when he plays the master.This index includes willingness and modesty in learning.Thank you for everything!

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