Teaching Someone May Not be Helping

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Many people who teach heavy fighting have no idea what they're doing. Some of those people have awards for that teaching, which is unfortunate. Don't confuse enthusiasm or volume of teaching for actual success at it. If none of your students have ever gained a reasonable level of success, maybe it's time for you to shut up on the practice field.
Take the time to actually look at "your" student's face while you're talking. If they look bored or like they want to get away, let them go.
Practice time is precious. Don't stick your nose into someone else's instruction, especially if the instructor is better or more experienced than you, or is regularly capable of kicking your ass.
Good fighters can be bad teachers. Those with more talent than skill often have no idea how they do things, nor any idea how to show the talent-challenged how to make something work when that something only works for them because they are gigantic, strong, or fast as a cat.
Bad fighters cannot be good teachers, though a non-competitive fighter can be a good teacher. But he better have been good once. New fighters: be very careful about putting stock in advice from people you never see fight.
The poor dumb reality of fight instruction and fight practice interaction is that per capita there are as many people at your local fight practice who shoot their mouths off, ignore non-verbal communication and think too well of themselves as there are out in the rest of the world. Which is lots.