How can you tell about good instructor or not?
What qualities should a good instructor have?
Wow. That is a hard question.
Usually, in Japan if one starts bragging about his/her kendo
or himself/herself, they are not very good teachers. They may be able to teach you techniques but not an important part of kendo
However, I learned how important it was to promote myself to the public, especially outside Japan. To me, what I did in the past is irrelevant to what I do now. But to the public, apparently it is very important to know what one achieved in the past when they decide to learn from him/her.
That is why I introduced my sensei
s and what I achieved in the past in my profile
. And I understand that the public wants to know whom they are dealing with so I think it is fair.
Usually, when people start talking about how great they are or how bad others are, that is a bad sign. It is not a true attitude of kendoist
Teachers are still students of the way. One of my sensei
, Miyazaki sensei
, is still trying to improve his kendo
. Every time I train with him, something is different. Thus, teachers are also very humble.
There is an old saying, "You should spend 3 years to search a good teacher than starting 3 years earlier
". Start leaning early is good but learning from a good teacher is a lot more important.
If you are lucky to have dōjō
s around where you live, you should go around the dōjō
s and observe the teachers and students.
You should listen to what the teachers tell their students and what the students are talking about. I want you to take a look at etiquette/manners such as how they act at the dōjō
, how they treat their shinai
, how they bow to each other.
Hope this helps.