It’s the winter school holidays in New Zealand and we have closed our martial arts school for two weeks. Unlike many schools in other countries, we always take a break from training during the school holidays. It’s good for us and for our students for three important reasons.
Instructors need a break from time to time as well. Teaching is mentally and physically draining. A huge amount of energy is required to keep classes enjoyable and to ensure everyone is learning. Like teachers and university lecturers, martial arts instructors need time away from the dojang to recharge their energy levels. This enables us to teach classes with our full attention and energy, to ensure it is the best experience possible for our students.
Taking a short training break does not mean we do nothing. It is important to rest and relax physically and mentally, but it is also equally important to keep our bodies moving. We encourage our students to keep physically active by doing something different and enjoyable. This might involve walking, swimming or cycling for example, as part of a holiday activity. And don’t forget to plan some social time with your family and friends.
Enjoy your training holiday.
JKN Jane Hurst
First degree black belt and school owner
Kuk Sool Won™ of Onewhero
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Caroline is a 5th degree black belt and Jane is a 2nd degree black belt in the traditional Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won™ . They run 2 Kuk Sool Won™ martial arts schools in New Zealand.