I have been teaching in one capacity or another for the last 25 years. I had 5 years of Spanish at Kent Denver, and I lived in Chile for 2 years. I received a BA Degree in Spanish language and literature from Brigham Young University, and I taught a Spanish Immersion course at BYU for 2 years. I was a bilingual CSR for American Express for 2 years and I taught Spanish as a substitute at St. Mary's Academy, Holy Family High School and Grayland Academy.
My martial arts training has been ongoing since 1973. I received my I Dan Black Belt from the International Taekwon-Do Federation in 1982, my II Dan in 1995, my III Dan from the YCTA in 2007 and my IV Dan in 2011. I was the Instructor at the BYU Taekwon-do club in the 1980's. I began teaching Taekwon-Do for Young Champions of America in 1998 until they left Colorado in 2007. I established my own Taekwon-Do School in 2006 and continue to teach there currently.
I prefer a "hands on" approach to learning, whether in Spanish or martial arts. Text books are a fine foundation, however, a student doesn't really learn anything until they use the text book information in a realistic and relatable situation. There is a huge difference between memorization and true learning.
I like to start by reviewing the principles found in text, then move on to the actual application where the student uses the principle so that the student absorbs the principle into long term memory making it available for day to day use not just reciting for a test. By going through this type of learning process, the student makes the principle a part of who they are and thus they become fluent verbally (Spanish) and physically (martial arts).
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