The fighting ability of an instructor does not guarantee the fighting ability of the student.
The fact that an instructor has a certain amount of experience means that his or her teachings will be that much more realistic and the training may produce some ability in the student.
It is wrong, however, to assume that the student of an experienced fighter will automatically be competent. Furthermore, fighting ability does not automatically imply teaching ability.
About the author: Erik Petermann teaches martial arts in Cape Town, South Africa.
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