Fast Tracking in the Martial arts…A Fong Tien Review
I suppose it is like any business, education or sport, if you put quality time in to teaching/coaching/mentoring and have a student/worker/athlete who you believe is a special talent, the natural urge is to nurture their talents and push them forward. Graduates are offered fast track employment within businesses, athletes are sold on the idea that they can compete at a higher level, some martial arts students are fast tracked to black belt level. To me, an individual participant is like a bonsai tree which grows slowly and steadily, all the while developing strong roots in order to flourish, if we prevent its experience of growth and indepth rooting, we kill the essence of its being, as so with the martial arts. Allowing students to grow and experience their arts to the fullest will give them a thorough rooted understanding of their arts concepts, manoeuvres, strategies, tenets which they can confidently pass on to others safely and with the maturity of a truly experienced artist.