What makes a great teacher...
Those who do, do. True if you don't know your material you can't teach it. Great athletes often are excellent due to excellent genetics, dedication, and a great teacher or coach. Many of these same superstar athletes - in part since what they do has become so natural ("unconscious competence") that they are unable to explain it well to someone less gifted. The worst teacher will have a superstar now and then as well - some people will rise to the top regarless.
Originally Posted by OnceLost
No intent to insult great athletes but, the skill set for teaching is different and the mindset is completely different. There are many (Mike Swain, Jeff Smith, Steve LaVallee, Dave Kovar, Joe Lewis, Lloyd Irvin, and many, many others) who have transitioned from being a great athlete to a great athlete & teacher. Many others did not. Some of the worst teachers I've employed were the best athletes - but spent their time on their own training, watching themselves in the mirror, and looking for accolades regarding their own accomplishments. NOT focused on making their students excellent. I've even trained with martial arts teachers who were excellent - but, fearful of their students surpassing them. That should be a teachers greatest compliment.
A great teacher produces great students AND, helps the highest percentage of those who begin training to achieve their peronal potential. Period.
Look at any sport. Occasionally a great quarterback becomes an excellent coach - most often they don't. Often a great coach was never a star player.
My Coaching Program helps to improve all aspects of their school including many times curriculum & teaching methodology. Other programs such as NAPMA Squared & Extraordinary Marketing focus on the business aspects without much emphasis on curriculum or teaching methods.
Obviously Mile High Karate instructors have a complete system, teaching training, and high expectations of personal excellence to be placed in that role to begin with.