corby's picture

Only uncommon instructors use a test of patience as a method of weeding out the dedicated from the dilettantes.

Same statement as above from the new person: "I want to fight!" Completely different response: "Great! Let me show you how to stand in stance. Now let me show you how to take a step. Now let me show you a blow. Here's another one. You're learning quickly, so here's another one. Work on those while I fight, and I'll check on you in a bit. No, like this. Okay we're out of time for tonight. Next week I'll show you how to block. Practice those blows with a broomstick or something all week."

I'm obviously in favor of this method. It's safer for everyone involved. A good grounding in basics is critical to the long term success of a fighter and it assures that you have a common terminology to explain problems.