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Using Different Learning Styles in Martial Arts

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Applying students’ different learning styles in martial arts can make a big difference in their experiences. For example, when adapting to new material, some students might do well just by listening while other students may want to take notes throughout class. By grasping new information with the way they learn best, especially with a martial art like HapKiDo, students will be able to enjoy the program more.

One way that Choe’s HapKiDo likes to expand its students’ experience is to engage in the Korean culture. In addition to practicing its etiquette, students gradually learn the HapKiDo-style kicks in Korean. Therefore, time is spent trying to memorize these terms. Referring back to the different learning styles in martial arts, how someone learns the terms might be different as there are different ways to absorb new material:

  1. Memorizing terms by staring at them on a sheet of paper; pictures and colors will also help. (visual)
  2. Listening to recordings of the terms being spoken. (auditory)
  3. Say the Korean terms while practicing the moves. (tactile)

Whichever style works, arranging the terms in certain ways can help too.

-One way, start with the terms that you use frequently:

AN DA RI CHA GI
Inside Kick

BA GAT DA RI CHA GI
Outside Kick

YUP CHA GI
Side Kick

-Another way, you can group the terms that look/sound similar:

AN DA RI CHA GI
Inside Kick

AN DA RI CHA NUT GI
Inside Low Scoop Kick

At least with the 24 basic kicks that will never go away, there are many more ways to have productive study times, and finding ways to make sense of any type of information helps a lot! If it means bothering a co-worker or friend to quiz you or writing them on your hand for non-test times, then try it out!

For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, visit here.