Students tend to look up to their instructors as the master, expert, hero, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing but sometimes it limits the instructor's ability to do a good job. This admiration and awe causes students to not speak up at times he or she should, such as when the instructor is about to do something harmful. Good instructors want students to know certain things that will make him or her a better instructor:
- Do not take it personally if I am abrupt. Everybody has a bad some days, me included.
- I cannot make a federal case out of every issue that is important to you, such as the bad call you received at the last tournament. I have a lot of students and they all have issues that are important to them. I will do battle with anyone on your behave if I deem it necessary, just let me pick the battles that I deem important enough for me to fight on your behalf.
- I am not King Solomon; I cannot second guess every call made by referees. When the person is competent and it is a judgment call, I defer to their judgment.
- Do not give me reason to distrust you or watch you like a hawk.
- I am the "expert" on Taekwondo. That does not make me an expert of other aspects of life. Do not expect me to have all the answers to all you problems.
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