I try to not write as many pandemic-related topics on my blog, because...well...let's face it, it's been exhausting.
But a personal experience today inspired me to write about it, and it's something that has slowly amplified in my life for the last 5 years.
But first, please allow me to introduce some background before introducing some tips on how to find (and feel) successful in your endeavors during a pandemic.
I've shared my tips for instructors on how to launch a successful virtual martial arts program, but I hear you...
What about us, the students?
In the year 2020, students (and parents alike) have been asked to take on more when it comes to learning virtually. After all, virtual learning methods do not guarantee an effective experience based on the student’s preferred method of learning.
As a pedagogy enthusiast, and an experienced virtual / remote learner for 3+ years, I’ve been able to upgrade my personal practice. In fact, I just learned a very long form / hyung in 4 virtual lessons, each session lasting no more than one hour.
Here are my hacks to a successful virtual learning experience:
So maybe this is long overdue...
The year of 2020 has certainly thrown many challenges to our way of life, especially in the management of the traditional martial arts studio. When restrictions became in effect and led to the cancellation of in-person classes, many studios closed for a month or so, while a small number of studios were willing to give virtual learning a try.
It wasn’t a new concept, as there are martial arts programs offered strictly via remote learning options. But these are far and few in between.
Ironically, I was not affected, as I have been studying with my teacher privately and remotely for nearly 3 years. I observed my normal training method become everyone’s default option, with many struggles seen and complaints heard.