I want to discuss a common mistake that
I’ve seen other teachers and parents sometimes make along the
way. In their desire to help children do their very best, they
offer “constructive criticism” right from the very beginning.
However, if children hear praise first, they are much more
willing to keep improving.
We train our instructors in the Ramsey Karate studio to seek
the positives first, to be “good finders.” Once they praise
our students for their efforts, they share ways to improve
upon their technique.
So it sounds like this: “I like the way you kicked. Now if you
turn your foot this would be better. Great! Now do it 10 more
times just like that!”
Instead of being guarded and defensive, the child is motivated
by the praise to try again.
I also see this with parents. They love their child and want
them to do so well that they first correct their child instead
of first praising them for their efforts. This minor tweak will
really boost your child’s desire to be the best.
Our instructors call this, “Praise, Correct, Praise and
I hope this helps. To see my instructors in action, stop by our
Karate school in Ramsey NJ and watch how well students respond to our successful
style of teaching.