By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

January 19, 2020

I’ve tried to keep track of the students I’ve taught martial arts to over the past 40 years or so.

One thing that surfaces time and again is the relation between junior high and high school club activities and their reaching their full potentials. I’ve taught students who were bright and brilliant academically in their elementary school years go on to junior high and join a school club that dominated their time to the point where they had no time to study.

Some junior high and high school club teachers feel that their club has to produce Olympic athletes and be the best in the country no matter what the cost. I can immediately think of two ex-students who suffered permanent injuries as a result of this kind of thinking and a host of others who never made it into college as a result of excessive training that left them too tired to study.

I don’t know if participation in club activities is mandatory, but from listening to sixth graders it seems to be something that all of them regard as an activity that they have to participate in.

Perhaps it’s time for schools to create a “do-nothing club” like a “write your name and you’re done” club.

部活動のマイナス面

武術を40年近く教えながら生徒を見続けてきた。

何回も浮かび上がることは中・高生部活とその生徒の最大限の可能性に達成する関連だ。小学生時代には天才近いほど賢い子を教えたことがある。その子達は中学校に入って、部活に勉強時間を奪われ、たちまちにクラスのどん底へと。

部活先生の中にはオリンピック選手レベルを要求し、どの手を使っても全国一番にならなければならない考えをもつ先生がいる。そのような考えによって、教え子の2人が永久損傷に悩むようになったし、数多くは過剰訓練で大学に行く将来が奪われた。

部活参加は必須がどうかは分からないが、6年生の会話を聞くと、皆は無意識に参加すべきのものだと思っている印象を受ける。

学校側に『名前を書く』のようなクラブを作るべきだと思う。名前を1回書くだけで、部活参加が終わるクラブがあれば、勉強の邪魔にならないだろう。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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