Teaching Using the Three I’s
Here is a simple but effective teaching method that can be applied in every class you teach. INTRODUCE Define the technique you want to teach and break execution and practice down to the component parts. Example: Teaching a side kick. Start by demonstrating the side kick, then have students practice from the floor on foot position and hip turnover. Go through each movement: raise knee to chamber, rotate hip, extend kick, withdraw kick. ISOLATE Work on the technique in a controlled, isolated perspective — focus on the execution without having an interactive component. Drill the kick from the floor, from standing, moving to a target or bag and focus on proper stance, foot position, and return. INTEGRATE Add the technique in application, integrating it amongst other techniques. Sparring, combinations, and self-defense applications provide the opportunity for integration.