Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: How Kaz teach Igo group lessons in Japan, part I

How Kaz teach Igo group lessons in Japan, part I

How Kaz teach Igo group lessons in Japan, part I


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So maybe I'll alternate...

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When I teach a group of Igo players in Japan,
I always have a lecture first, and then play a simul
right after that.

In my lecture, my Igo students learn tesuji, shape,
strategy, etc.

Usually my lectures last 50 minutes or an hour.

When I play a simul, I create a game in such a
way that my students have a chance to use tesuji,
shape, strategy, or which they just learned 5 minutes ago.

If they don't recognize the lecture in the game, then I'll
just tell them that "Did you learn this just a little while

Then they say "Oh, I see. This is what I just learned.
Now I understand how you can use it in a real game."

So my first teaching style was to play a simul or give a
lecture separately.

But then I started two step Go teaching style:

1 I offer a lecture.ぴかぴか(新しい)

2 My students play a game with me and has to
use today's lecture.ぴかぴか(新しい)

In my experience just looking at a lecture is not good
enough to learn.

You should at least go over it.

But one day I realized that it was not good enough.

If you have a chance to use it in your own game, you
have a much better understanding.

It's because every situation is different, and applying
a lesson to a real game is one of the hardest for
adult Go players.

Ideally if you have a chance to play it right after
the lecture, you still have a vivid memory, so
it's not so difficult to apply to their games.

I've found that the combination of a lecture and
a simul at the same time is a very effective way to

My students learn it twice, so they have a good
understanding and remember the teaching better
and a longer time.

The reason I started this teaching was that in my
experience many of my Igo students don't go over
the lessons.

To be continued...

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