There are several factors that influence the way a student
learns, understands, performs and later expresses a style.
– Instructor – his style, his personality, his level of understanding,
his didactic skills and teaching method. Some instructors teach
a fixed and general curriculum to everyone, others teach
what works for themselves, while others teach
what each of their students needs, according to their attributes.
– Intelligence – influences the theoretical understanding
of the system, the ability to rationalize and extrapolate
– Personality – some people have too much agressivity,
while other people don’t have enough in order to become
good fighters; some people are giving in too easy,
while others feel they must always be in control
and they must WIN or not get hit by any cost.
– Body type – smaller people will tend to rely more
on technique, on footwork, on agility, while larger people
will always be tempted to use their muscular force
to ”crush” their opponents.
– Ultimate goal of the student has also a big influence:
some people really want to learn how to fight,
other people want to have just a weekly exercise,
while others are interested more in the cultural
or in the philosophical aspects of martial arts.