"As the painter needs a framework of parchment. The improvising musical group needs its framework in time." Bill Evans
Brett Jones, MS, ATC, CSCS, is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Brett is currently the Director of Education for StrongFirst and presenter and advisory board member for Functional Movement Systems.
John Spezzano has been a student of martial arts for the last 35 years and a student of strength for over a decade. Covering as many combat bases as possible, John has instructor certificates in Filipino Martial Arts, Pencak Silat and Jeet Kune Do from Guro Dan Inosanto, Muay Thai from Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Wing Chun from Sifu Francis Fong, a Silver Glove in Boxe Francaise Savate from Professor Nicolas Saignac, and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Shawn Williams.
Teaching and instructing is no different. There is a framework—or science—for teaching that provides consistency, safety, and results. And there is an improvisation—or art—to teaching that adapts to the student in front of you.
Teaching is an art that must adapt to the subject and individual—without them, there is nothing and no one to teach. But this art is supported by principles.