Relationship between rank and instructor teaching technique in an adult martial arts setting
Hofmeister, Erik Henry
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The purpose of this study was to relate martial arts instructors’ behavior with their rank. Instructors were video recorded teaching a martial arts class and put into one of three groups: Low (1st degree black belt), Mid (2nd-3rd degree black belt), or High (3rd-5th degree black belt). Videos were analyzed using academic learning time- physical education and Cheffers’ Adaptation to Flanders’ Interaction Analysis System. Instructors in the High group displayed behaviors consistent with more experienced teachers, whereas those in the Low group displayed behaviors consistent with less experienced teachers. Those in the Mid group had behaviors consistent of teachers at a level of development between Low and High ranked instructors. This confirms the hypothesis that there is a positive relationship between rank and instructor behaviors expected to result in better student performance.