Definition of a clinic – a conference or short course on a particular subject.
As a Ryusei Karateka(student) you are involved in learning new skill sets and improving old ones until someday the skills become second nature or in essence a reality instead of an improbability. Along the way each of you work hard to improve your abilities and struggle with some, a clinic is an excellent way to help make improvements in those areas and confirm some of what you all ready know.
What is the benefit of a clinic?
- Allows for students to learn from other Instructors they may not see that often
- Get feedback from other than your normal Instructors and sometimes another instructor will say or explaine an idea slightly different than your Sensei and you will then get the concept or idea
- Clinics cover certain areas of technique that are not always covered in a regular class
- Can provide a measuring stick to compare to others at the same level
- An opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about “hidden” moves
- Due to the length of time training allows for the student to draw on strength they did not know they had
- Shows dedication and support to the club, style, instructors, other students and everyone that work hard to put that clinic on.
- Personal inspiration to achieve more and possibly see or do something you have never seen or done before
What does it take to sponsor a clinic? The Instructor(s) organising the clinic have to ensure the guest Instructor is available for the allotted date. Then they make sure a venue is available, usually a school gym (which has a cost of up to $200 for the day). They print up flyers and encourage students to come to the clinic. They try to keep the cost affordable and still allow them to cover the cost of the guest, the gym and possibly allow for some refreshments during the day.
What happens when no one or very few students support the clinic? The Instructor(s) looks bad to the guest Instructor who wonders why was this clinic held? The guest Instructor may travel a few hundred kilometres, or come from Japan, no matter it is important to support the clinic. Never think that it is only me that is not going to the clinic others will support it, because if everyone thinks that way no one will show up.
So in the end not supporting clinics sponsored by your karate club hurts everyone in the club not just the Instructor(s) but everyone. It also makes it hard to keep costs down for other things the club runs. Remember a club is a collection of different people brought together for a common goal, in our case to learn karate and become skilled at it.
The last point to remember is that your Instructor have two goals
- To help you become the very finest karateka you can be
- To ensure that they continue to grow so they can provide you with the best instruction possible.
So the next time your club is holding a clinic get out there and support it, remember the time and effort it takes for your Instructors to put one on.