Kaz’s Internet Go School: Teaching Style:
Last update: April 7th, 2017.
These are some of the most recent teaching results of offline lessons:
Rowan, 23 kyu player, who took 8 lessons from me and is now 13 kyu.
Fred, 19kyu player, who took 3 lessons from me and is now 15 kyu.
Marek, 8 kyu player, who took 7 lessons from me and is now 5 kyu.
You can read recommendations here:
I have taught hundreds, if not thousands of amateur players from a 30 kyu to 7 dan, from children to 78 year-olds intensively for more than 15 years (Here, you can see how intensively I taught over the years: http://kazsensei.com/faq/#teaching%20style ). I’m particularly good at teaching adult players over 35.
I try to avoid teaching the latest joseki and openings to amateurs. Here is the reason: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/252401123.html)
I don’t teach top pros’ games. I teach my students based on their level. ( I explained the reason on my blog: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/396285189.html . The following is also related to this: http://kazsensei.com/faq/#tournament. Here is how I developed my teaching method over the years: http://kazsensei.com/faq/#teaching%20style )
My focus is the following:
- I teach each player based on their own level. When I teach a 5 kyu player, I will only teach things appropriate to that level in the fields of tesuji, life-and-death, a fight, etc. I will not teach a 5 kyu player 5 dan level tesuji, joseki, etc.
- I teach the most basic and simplest sequences, patterns, and joseki, which you can use in various other situations. They are simple, but you will be still be able to use them even if you get to top amateur levels. (I realize that there are some misunderstandings in 1. and 2. I’ve elaborated on that in the following: http://kazsensei.com/faq/#basic )
- When you solve my problems, you will be able to apply them in other situations. I will not teach things which you cannot apply to other places. (Of course, if players knows basic things, I will teach them advanced things. To be honest, over the years I’ve learned that many adults at 2 dan and 3 dan lack a lot of basics.)
- I give many problems that will help you learn things from various board positions so that they will naturally become part of your playing.
- You will solidify your basic foundation like building a strong base of a building.
- Then I’ll give you some advanced problems relating to what you have learned. Because they are related, you will be able to learn them rather easily. (This is a far more effective and efficient way to learn than learning unrelated things randomly.)
- As you add more learning on top of your strong foundation, your knowledge will be solid, like a building designed to survive an earthquake or typhoon.
One Benefit of my teaching (among other things):
recommendations that will attest to the effectiveness of my lessons.
Kaz teaching styles:
Table of contents of this site.
These problems will also help you understand the meaning of joseki. Over the years of teaching, I’m convinced that learning tesuji and good shapes are far more important than learning joseki. The detailed reason is written on my blog: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/396281507.html
Studying life-and-death problems is crucial if you want to become a strong Go player. (Here is the reason: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/251677919.html )
I do this because scientists say that continuous repetition over time is what allows patterns to become ingrained in memory, so that those concepts are retained for a long time. So, yes- it may seem that some of the problems are similar. But that is by design.
If you don’t have 10 recorded games, it’s okay to send me just a few games. If you don’t have recent games, then you can send me games from a year ago or so. (Even if you don’t have any game records at all, you can still begin studying with me.) If you play on KGS by the way, all the games are automatically recorded, so you can always download them.
WARNING: When you send me 10 games, please don’t worry about sending me bad games. I believe that all your games are there to help you improve. So you shouldn’t worry about good or bad games. Besides, often when people say “Oh, I played terrible games”, but it turns out to be good games. I’ve seen that many times. In addition, it’s better for me to see your worst games because I’d like to see your biggest weaknesses as soon as possible. So I will be able to help you improve at maximum speed.
players long, complicated joseki.
- First a game commentary allows me to write more detailed and well-thought ideas. In fact, it is much easier for me to provide online lesson, in which I just tell my students my comments. Since the online teaching time is usually an hour and a half, which is very limited, my comments may not be well-thought. After a lesson, I sometimes realize that I said something incorrectly or I should’ve taught differently. But when I give comments on a game at home alone, I can analyze a game very carefully before I start writing.
- Second there is a time difference, and there is no daylight saving time. I have to check these. When a student changes the time, I have to ask other students to change their time as well. It’s really hard to do so and very tiring.
- Third I found that giving commentary on a game would help my students learn more than playing with me. This is because many players show their most natural self in a game when they play with a peer. Here are examples below:
For example quite a few Go players try to kill an opponent’s stones during a game, so they keep playing overplays or improper moves. (By the way, having a tendency to always kill an opponent’s stones thwarts one’s improvement. I call this “Jekyll and Hyde” syndrome. If you have that tendency, please let me know. I should cure you.)
Another example is that those who study basics often get defeated by a player who doesn’t care about basics. They don’t know what to do about non-standard moves. But when they play with me, their weakness is unlikely to appear. In order to help them defeat non-standard moves, I have to comment on their games.
(So far, 98% of my students take my offline lessons, and they have all become repeaters.)
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