Tip: Using a Mirror as a Training Aide
on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
February 28, 2011
If you have room in your dojang try to put a large mirror along one wall. If possible a mirror from the floor to head height and several feet wide would be ideal. There are many reasons to have a mirror. When you are doing one-on-one instruction with a student that has poor posture or a poor stance, take them to the mirror and let them see what you are talking about. Sometimes it is hard to visualize what someone is telling them, but if you can show them it will be easier for them to understand. This will give them a different perspective on what they are doing wrong. Then allow them to practice in front of the mirror, and they can catch themselves doing it, and make corrections. And soon it will become a good habit instead of a bad habit. Another use is to allow students to practice their forms in front of the mirror. They should already know what the moves should look like, but again the mirror will give them a different perspective on what their body is doing. It will help them also see what a judge would see at a tournament and give them an opportunity to correct bad technique before it becomes a regular part of the way they execute the form.