• Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

The Best Martial Artist YOU Can Be


For over a week now, I’ve been talking about how as an Empowerment Self Defense instructor, my job isn’t to tell you what to do.


My job is to make sure people feel free to make their own choices about what feels right for them.


That’s all part of the contract.


But what happens in a martial arts class? Does that contract look different?


In many ways, yes.


When you show up to a martial arts class, I know you’re there because you want to be the best martial artist you can be. My job is to understand your definition of best and help you get there.


Now, I’m probably not going to make you do one hundred sit-ups, especially two weeks in a row, if that’s not what you need. (I also want to make sure you’ll want to come back to class.)


But as a good martial arts instructor, my job is to be aware of the appropriate ways in which I can help you reach your goal.


But as a good martial arts instructor, my job is to be aware of the appropriate ways in which I can help you reach your goal.

And if that involves telling you to hold your arm higher or to not pick up your foot, then okay. As long as you’re safe.


It’s all about healthy communication. What is your goal? How far do you want me to push you? A little further? A lot further? What help do you need?


A good martial arts teacher will ask those questions, listen to and respect your answers, and be by your side as you evolve into the martial artist YOU want to become.

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