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Learning Is Not Enough... We Must Share


When it comes to teaching, it doesn’t matter what you’ve learned unless it makes an impact on others. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done unless it makes an impact on others. And in both cases the impact made should be positive.

Since, as a teacher, you do work through others, no impact will be made without others learning what you have learned, and knowing what you know. So share what you know and share openly, honestly, and generously. Don’t attempt to hide what you know out of fear that someone might get the “secrets.” Because as Bruce Lee told Dan Inosanto, and as Dan told me, and as I tell my own students, “There aren’t any secrets.”


As a teacher, Dan Inosanto never hid anything from us. He shared what he knew openly and honestly. And had no fear of telling us if he didn’t know about something. His frame of thinking was, “If you want to know about something, if you’re interested in something, research it and find out about it.” The fact is that we live in the information age and through books, video, the internet, and other sources, anyone can basically find out anything about anything if they want to.


I love teaching and sharing. It is my belief that the teacher and the student together produce the learning - it is a collaborative and synergistic effort. I don’t stand separated from my students or above them, but rather shoulder to shoulder with them. In training, we need to create an environment of openness and freedom in which students can explore, examine, learn and create.


Today we live in an age where many of our children’s role models are espousing the idea that they are “gangsta” (sorry folks, but the word is “gangster”) and even some MMA fighters refer to themselves as “straight-up thug,” we as teachers have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on others, and in so doing, have a positive impact on the world. As such, we should take our job very seriously. Part of our job is to not only educate but to inspire, to help our students free themselves from self-limiting thoughts and beliefs.


As teachers, perhaps we should adapt Bruce’s oft-used quote about “Knowing is not enough, we must apply” to “Learning is not enough, we must share.”




As teachers, perhaps we should adapt Bruce’s oft-used quote about “Knowing is not enough, we must apply” to “Learning is not enough, we must share.”






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