What does it mean to be a warrior, a hero, and a first responder. I watched as volunteer school staff learned to stop an armed attack. They learned how to treat the injured until help arrives at their school. When they need these skills, they will need them urgently. Mere seconds will count and lives will depend on their actions. We need more of these trained teachers.
Training Armed Teachers in Colorado: Just Your Everyday Warrior-Hero
Self defense is combat speed common sense
Common sense must be practiced to be applied
I have had the pleasure of working with some very talented people over the years. These are people who are passionate about the world of martial arts. These are good, hardworking people who sometimes struggle every day to offer a quality service and keep the doors open. Many schools have a limited amount of equipment which often needs to be replaced. The struggle is real for those who are called to teach. This is a calling that can lead to burnout.
If you ask most instructors about the last time they took a vacation, they will often give you a sad tired laugh. Now mention a sabbatical and they will look at you like you grew an extra arm. In many teaching professions, such times away are set up well in advance. A way to refill the cup that so often is in desperate need of replenishment. But how do instructors do that when you have a small struggling school?
Seminars are a great way for instructors to play the role of student again. Weather it’s traveling to another school or bringing the guest teacher to their location. It also gives the schools teachers new ideas for things they want to pass along to their students.
Teach to learn and learn to teach. Many schools have students that have been attending for some time and want to share their insights. It’s also a great way to fill in any staffing gaps in your roster. This will help develop the student and boost morale in the ranks. Plus, you might get a much needed break. Even if it’s for only one night a week.
Scheduled time off
You are going to have to do it at some point. Taking one scheduled day off per month may seem small but it’s really important. It gets instructors out of the frenzy and will help with some much-needed perspective.
As I walked into my bank, a young man in his early 20s was blocking the entrance. He stood with his back to me at a parade rest. His demeanor was strange, as if on something or mentally unstable. He had short brown hair and was sloppily dressed in a gray shirt and blue jeans. He was holding an unlit cigarette. He was accompanied by a man who was standing in line to do his banking. This man was in his mid to late 50’s, had a gray beard and was dressed in a black baseball cap, white t-shirt, and black shorts.
I asked the man blocking the entrance “are you in line?” In a confused state, he muttered something and stepped aside enough for me to pass. He then resumed his original position. His companion, who was standing about 15′ ahead of him in line, asked him to take a seat. He took a seat for about 30 seconds then stood and paced around the waiting area. He then proceeded to remove his shirt about 3/4 off his body revealing a tattoo that appeared to be gang related. He then lowered the shirt. As I scanned the room to analyze the reaction of emp[employees and customers, it appeared that people were mentally shutting down. Rather than being on alert and preparing for a potentially hazardous situation, they tuned it out and continued on with their activity as if hoping the problem would resolve itself. They were drifting into compliance mode. Both men left the bank together but the one who had blocked the entrance tagged behind, staring back through the bank windows, scanning the room. I’m not sure if he was high or if it was something else.
When people face something they are not prepared for they tend to shut down.