“When the student is ready the teacher will appear” ~ famous proverb
The following is adapted from the writings of Bob Dalgliesh:
- “The relationship of a sensei to the dojo is very difficult to define, as it encompasses many aspects of life. The character of the sensei must flow through the student at many levels and reach to the far corners of the student’s life. A sensei is sometimes a parent figure and may advise or even chastise students. A sensei, though unique, is similar to everyone else. They are human beings who deserve special respect, for they have traveled long upon the Do (the way).
- A sensei is an excellent teacher who conveys, at the correct time, the proper knowledge in the best possible way and manner to students and sees students and their problems as they themselves rarely do — impartially. A sensei shows no favor. Indeed, as students progress, the sensei may become harder on them. A sensei is kind but firm with beginners on the path.
A sensei, though unique, is similar to everyone else.
- The sensei advises, in an appropriate manner, on the inner spiritual aspects of the art and always lends a friendly ear to listen carefully. Although students may categorize the sensei as either teacher or friend, the sensei is neither, yet both and more. A sensei views the student with an open mind, unmoved by appearances and helps in the way best suited to the student. If this means being hard or gentle, then the sensei is so. However, it is always in the best manner for the students, for the sensei’s heart is forever with them.
- Often a sensei may test students by taking views diametrically opposed to them in order to study their reactions. The sensei will put forth untruths to see if they are accepted or say nothing when volumes could be spoken. Silence is often the best form of praise that a sensei will give to students. The sensei will note what affects the students in and out of the dojo, how they act toward friends, family, and work and will work with the students accordingly.
- Although they can adapt at will, the sensei does not change even though outsiders may, as inward ideals and principles remain intact at all times. They persist when there is no apparent reason, give while others take, and ask for no rewards save that of proficiency of mind and body. They forever hold to the way for that is their life. That is why they are sensei.
- Typically, it takes the experience of teaching thousands of students to produce a worthwhile sensei. Having one is worth taking care of.”
Charles Fink Sensei has been practicing karate since 1994 and teaching since 2002. He holds the rank of godan (5th level black belt), an teaching license, a master instructor’s licence (Shihan, Renshi), and NCCP certification. Adhering to high standards of coaching and pedagogy, Sensei Fink stays abreast of the latest developments in martial arts and sport science and continually strives to find and develop innovative ways to practice and teach karate.
A dedicated educator, Sensei Fink has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. (P/J), from Laurentian University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and when not practicing karate, teaches at Laurentian University and at Cambrian College. He is happily married and the proud father of two.
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