I have a long running issue I could use some advice on.
A bulk of our class time right nowis working bunkai at various rank-appropriate contact levels, in various ways..without fail though, we tend to try to actually get competent at something before dialing up the intensity, or adding any new elements and variables. We do plenty of "messy" stuff, but when working actual material from kata to simply learn mechanics, I try to keep the work clean. I have one student who just doesn't get it, he goes outside the drill constantly, from the first attempt at trying it, "cheats" whatever we are doing, and seems to not grasp that what he is doing isn't productive. .I've tried explaining how a concept of progressive training works to him, and that each thing we do serves a certain purpose, and that if I am asking him to stay within certain parameters, there's a good reason.
To give an example, imagine practicing or learning a technique where you are pracitcing some movement against a straight punch, or a haymaker. When the haymakers comes he tries to loop his hand past your gaurd, wedge, whatever repeatedly in order to kind of tap your head and "get" you, in a bizarre way that would have no effect. When straight punching, pushing, grabbing or similar.. well, imagine trying to work your stuff with someone who is basically standing in front of you throwing a series of erratic jabs and you get the idea. I've been able to get around some of this by simply altering how we practice (range, position etc.) whatever we are learning..but often there are some things where simply no one wants to work with him due to this kind of thing, and I can see the frustrated expressions after a few minutes.
However, the behavior continues and it basically means that at any given time one senior has to work with him, and generally no juniors because he is simply to "outside the box" for anyone but a senior to handle working with him. For anyone who has had a similar situation, i'm curious if there is some magic bullet I haven't tried.
He is a very good student, extremely dedicated, bright, and with great questions, but this has been a constant sumbling block. I don't think it's his attitude exactly, but sometimes I think he is being incredulous mainly because he doesn't understand where resistance is appropriate in training, and where it is not. Whatever the case, i've talked to him about it enough that I don't feel that will do much good anymore, and I assume he's acting in good faith, he is a really great guy, and one of my favorite students.
For some reason he can't seem to stop though.