Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Senior Notebook

I have made some small changes to the Senior Lists. Essentially, the changes are consolidations. For example, where two different techniques were being taught with the same name, such as seoi nage, I have consolidated them under one technique and will teach the other version as a variation instead of a separate technique.

This leads me to make some suggestions about note-taking. A student's notebook should be an evolving reference. As a student learns techniques, he or she should take brief notes during class that are later transcribed into more detailed notes as soon as it is convenient to do so. As time marches on, and the student practices and teaches those techniques to others, the notes will not need to be so detailed and can be revised to include just key reminder phrases. I have found that putting my notes on my computer allows me to revise them easily, and provides an excellent backup for lost notebooks.

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