"Step up! Front stance right leg back! Round house kick!" These are very typical phrases and emphasis used in my class and many other karate dojo. When I first began teaching karate, if a student squirmed or made noises during training they would immediately be instructed to perform some type of calisthenic, in a very strict and firm voice without exception. I still emphasize discipline and will "bark" orders to a younger student when I feel it will reach my ultimate goal for the student. However, sometimes I let the lead by example approach do the job. For example, last night my youngest son (almost 7) was making noises as we performed kata. The adult student in the class continued doing as I asked in the more disciplined way. In the past I would have had my son go off to the side and sit in the kneeling position, and sometimes still do, but despite the noises, my son went all the way through Seisan kata without complaint. Not only did he make it through the kata, but he looked pretty darn good doing it! If I ALWAYS remove a squirmy child from the activity two things are occurring. The child is losing out on the opportunity to perform the technique AND I will begin reinforcing his behavior because he will know acting silly will get them out of doing the activity.
Karate contains two elements, artistic value and civil self-defense methods. Teaching also contains two elements, presentation value and data acquisition. In learning to present the material we are teaching in various and meaningful ways to our students we increase our students understanding AND our own artistic value as teacher/karateka.