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teaching these kids…

skateboarding is one of the hardest things to master… it is a combination of ability and commitment… practicing everyday for 2-3 hours is how you learn, period… an understanding of what you are doing is necessary, but less important than commitment… it took me 1 year to learn how to kickflip and about 12 years to understand what i was doing… it sounds weird, but it is true…

i have been teaching skate lessons for the last few months now… i have taught ages from 6 to 12… when i started teaching my first lesson, i did not enjoy it… the kid was uninterested in learning and focused on what he already knew… i gave it a couple more tries with other kids, and started liking it… i am a teacher at heart, and i love watching kids progress… when you see something click in their head, it’s a rush of excitement for me and them!

it’s hard to explain to a kid that they will not learn unless they practice… practice means doing the same thing over and over and over… and over… and the monotony is much more than any other sport… it’s a difficult concept to grasp… when you think you’ve practiced enough, you haven’t… it’s never-ending… you ain’t turning pro. not these days…

the most difficult part of teaching is motivating the kid… anyone can hop on a board and skate around after a few days, but to be self motivated and persistent is part of he game… you don’t have that, you got nothing… the kids that i teach always talk about, “when I turn pro…” and they haven’t even learned how to ollie… it’s simultaneously funny and frustrating to hear!

well, i got away from what i wanted to write (as always)… this post goes out to all the skaters that put forth a legitimate effort to teach kids how to shred! be patient and have fun… the kids look up to you… set a positive example for them and our skate community will continue to grow an flourish!

peace and noLove…

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