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  • Writer's picturePaul Kilduff

Small Minds and Plagiarism in the Martial Arts

In the years I’ve been training in the Martial Arts I’ve attended countless seminars and have visited many other Dojos from New Jersey to Hawaii. These for the most part have been great experiences and in every case learning something. Many times I will bring students with me. This is great for them, but also for everyone else because together we can remember more.

When I bring techniques back to the Dojo I always talk about where I have learned what I am teaching. I speak of the host Dojo and the instructor that taught the technique or drill we brought back. In many cases you can see the interest on the students face, and many times students will ask how they can also attend the next outing.

Unfortunately today there are many instructors that discourage students from attending seminars with or without them. Some may not want the student to see better techniques because the instructor has slacked off in their training, and other times it could be that the instructor wants to bring the techniques back as their own. Neither should be acceptable from any instructor. I personally value everything I have learned over the years of training and always mention the person I learned it from when teaching it to my students.

Teaching seminars is not for everyone. The amount of time and thought that goes into a well organized seminar should not be taken lightly. Therefore when repeating and teaching what you have learned also give the credit that is due. You will feel better about yourself and will earn some actual respect.

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