Someone new started recently and I was asked “Are you sure you want to work with me?” I was a little taken back and thought I must have come across as being intimidating in order for someone to think “they weren’t good enough” to train with. The truth is, I learn something from everyone. I learn new things from more experienced students and teachers but I also affirm what I know when I try and teach what I already know to somebody else (which is rewarding). Not to mention it helps them progress more quickly and in turn able to help someone else.
Never look down on those who can’t do something as well as you. For what you yourself may struggle at, that very person may excel at. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We aren’t clones, We are individuals.
It wasn’t long ago, I spent some time in Italy with my instructor teaching kids of various disciplines of Martial Arts, Muay Thai. Not being able to use English as a method of communication. For me, this was the ultimate test. Really opened my eyes and one of the best experiences of my life.
There has been so many times over the past year where it’s made me question why we do things a certain way and generally paint a bigger picture in my head of what we are trying to achieve. Gaining a much deeper understanding about our art form. The more people you’re able to train with of varying abilities, the more you learn. However, I believe it is important to have regular contact with someone who is experienced to make sure you are on the right path and making sure what you are teaching others is correct.
In my opinion, this is what separates a regular Muay Thai gym from a great Muay Thai gym.