This is the longer version. The short version can be watched here. The two biggest names in martial arts, Bruce Lee and Joe Lewis in a fascinating “Teach-Off.” Each of them will teach and demonstrate a sidekick on the body shield.

There is a huge difference in how they teach. Lewis is far more focused on the technical elements of the sidekick. He appeals to the logical brain.

In direct contrast, Bruce Lee is all about the experience. His appeal is clearly emotional. When he teaches, you can see that he uses his entire body as a form of expression.

Good instructors use both appeals.

It’s hard to get inspired by technical explanations, but it’s equally difficult to develop skills if all you hear from the instructor are passionate expressions about how the skill is not as important as the person.

It’s the combination of the two that elevates any instructor’s ability to connect emotionally while building a skill technically.