I have, for my women's martial arts students, taken to teaching online via Zoom. For those students who were registered in my Carleton University classes, it's free to join up. I am much more concerned that my students can continue, after having everything ripped from them this semester. I want to be able to check in on them and make sure their healthy and happy - or as healthy and happy as they can given their circumstances. It's important to me.
Happily, it went pretty well, though I have to say that I do not really have the space to teach properly, and I also cannot keep as close an eye on folks to make sure their techniques are up to scratch. It feels horribly impersonal, but it's far better than nothing, and I'm so glad I have the means to do it.
I'm particularly sad that it's nearly impossible to practice applications of techniques, and adequately convey them to my students. This is especially true for my beginner's kickboxing and my kung fu classes, as there's no point in learning the theory or the motions if you don't know how to apply them. Hopefully, though, these classes will at least give my newer students a solid foundation to build from once we can train together in the same room again.
This Saturday was the first time I taught online; via Zoom. It went alright, I think.
With the first lessons taught and recorded, my task today is to edit the classes and post them online so that my students can access them any time they choose. It will be good, I think, for them to revisit the techniques or workouts whenever they choose.
Right, I'm off to start editing the lessons.
I hope you're all healthy and well, and that you're looking after yourselves.
Sending you much love, and physically distant hugs.