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Sparring Does Not Lose Students When You Conduct Your Classes This Way

By Christopher Rappold

 

A student gets punched in the nose and starts to bleed. He’s embarrassed and fear starts to set in. He thinks to himself, “Maybe this isn’t for me.”

 

A woman in her 40s gets partnered up with a 17-year-old boy. Try as she might, she’s in a position where she can’t do anything. She is self-conscious and feels like she’s diminishing his workout.

 

Another student enjoys the martial arts class until the instructor says, “Everyone get your gear on and find a partner for sparring.”

 

Yet another student secretly hopes to not be partnered in sparring class with one particular peer who lacks control.

 

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If the answer is yes, then, like many others, you have a very real problem that’s killing your ability to grow your school.

 

Let’s face it: Getting a new student isn’t easy. It requires time, effort and money. Why, then,...

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