Being a good partner is often overlooked when we think about why we are good martial arts students. Usually first comes are we a good student or a good instructor. Being a good partner means many things and is still a very important part of being a good martial arts student. Trust is the biggest thing that you can offer your other partner. Some things that you should know are that you should figure out what your other partners boundaries are.
- Trust is important with a martial arts partner, as is the humility to learn something from them.
- As with other partnerships, martial arts often features shared goals and the celebration of milestones together.
- Positive feedback and constructive criticism are better than negativity and arrogance.
“Many martial arts rely on partner work for not only sparring, but also for practicing self-defense and basic drills.”