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    How are EPAK classes taught? From what I understand, there are sets of techniques that are associated with each belt level.

    My school plays outside the lines. So...my question is...with different people in the school, at different belt levels, how are the techniques taught? Are each belt levels taught individually?

    The reason why I ask is that in my school, the entire class largely trains on the same technique together. I don't want to get in to a debate over whether this is the right thing to do or not...but I am honestly curious as to how other schools are organized.

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    Default Re: How are EPAK classes taught?

    In my school we everyone bows in, does the warm up and then breaks off into the various belt groups. There they are taught a new segment of their form or set, or taught a new technique. Then they can practice what they were taught while I move on to the next group.
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    We try and group by level also and each belt level has a specific list of techniques to be learned before progressing.
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    My class has all yellow belts with one white belt. What I've been doing when I had half and half was to teach one yellow technique and one orange. The students are only responsible for their belt material, but they do get exposed to the next level.

    When we had mixed groups, a lot of times the higher belts had to just hit up our instructor for a few minutes on the side for new material or, if there were several of the same rank, we might get one new technique. It just depends on who shows up.

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    Default Re: How are EPAK classes taught?

    Generally, we work with similar belt levels at our school. If there are no students at my level, I work with either higher or lower belt levels.

    When working with a lower belt, generally, we work both sides of their techniques. I will execute the prescribed attack and responses while they run the technique. Then they will execute the prescribed attack and responses while I run the technique. Both sides of the technique, the self-defense and the attack, are reviewed by all training partners.

    Occassionally, I will have the lower belt work with my on my techniques. They are exposed to the prescribed attack and my self-defense moves, and then I will work through the technique as they act as the 'Dummy'. The lower belt does not run the self-defense side of the higher belt level technique.

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    Default Re: How are EPAK classes taught?

    We usually warm up everybody together and than from there we break them into belt levels. White through purple. Blue to 3rd degree Brown and than the 2nd brown and up. After they are broken up they work on their form first for about 20 min, than their technique of the week for about 20 min, and than spar for about 20 min. The black belts usually do whatever they want LOL.
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    Default Re: How are EPAK classes taught?

    We have techniques one night, forms/sets, another, sparring yet another class etc. White belts stay with an instructor and the other's break off to work their material together with an instructor available for each grouping.
    We do all ranks together also, such as Tec lines -with each student doing their own belt material. If the lower rank doesn't know the attack, the upper rank supplies the information needed to defend. It works nicely. We also do group Forms and sets provided the student 'knows them' and everyone works together on them.

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    Default Re: How are EPAK classes taught?

    Thank you all so much for your input!

    That makes much more sense to me now, and really helps me to understand what many of you are talking about when you describe your classes.

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