Dear Sensei Sashi, Senpais: Destiny, Ben, Brandon, Melody and little Andrew Rivera, and all of you aspiring to be a sensei one day.
I'm really happy to hear you want to become better versions of yourselves by passing on the knowledge and strength you have come to acquire over time. This is the spirit of karate do, and I'm always ecstatic to hear people say how much they want to become a role model to others.
I'm writing this to help you on your way to achieve that dream.
Please know that just because you won some tournaments and have attained a high rank, you're not all of a sudden ready to become an effective teacher.
There are good karateka, and there are good sensei. Often, you can only be one of the two. It takes a special breed to be both of those at the same time.
Good martial artists work hard. They concentrate, persevere, and overcome obstacles. Thats the basic requirement for any ATHELETE. For a sensei, the main requirement is leadership. You can have a super-star athlete with many accolades and ranks, but they can still be a terrible sensei because they lack the tools to be a leader.
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