I would like to present some thoughts on your motivation for training. It is important to consider why it is you train. Is it because you want to be the best; to win all your fights and create a sense of fear in people towards you and your ability? Perhaps as an instructor it is the opportunity to make money out of Karate-Do. Everyone has their individual reasons. If any of these reasons apply to you, I understand, but you must also remember that whatever you take out of Karate-Do, you should also put back. It is only through this that your development within Karate-Do will continue.
You as Karate-Ka should set examples for the good of what you believe in. You should give value to principles, manners and respect, to men, women and children alike. Understand that not all people want to be the best. Some are content to come to the dojo just twice a week, perhaps not just for training, but also for social interaction and communication with others. Some students might never want to fight because it is not in their makeup. These students you must help build confidence in; help overcome their fears and help motivate them to feel more secure in every day life.
There is nothing wrong with making money from teaching Karate-Do, providing you don't forget to use this money well. Invest it in the pursuit of excellence, attending training sessions with highly qualified instructors and providing training equipment for your students. Obtain as much literature, information and recordings (for example videos), as possible for you and your students reference.
Remember that your dojo is a focal point for all people of different backgrounds to come together, with the same interest and intention, through the practice of Karate-Do. I hope that through truth, understanding and diligent training, you can reach your goals.
Goju Ryu is a system that you can practice throughout ones life. You never stop learning providing you do your own research. When I say research I mean creating situations in which you find out what works and what doesn't. Take a lioness as an example, her job is threefold protect, provide and produce. This is her sole purpose in life and she does it without thinking. Over many years of diligent training and research she has mastered the technique of the element of surprise. She doesn't want to waste energy on something she cannot catch and because of the three P's she will only attack a vulnerable target. So she uses stealth and attacks from behind, utilizing her weight and speed to catch her prey. If she is outnumbered she will retreat because she has a duty to her family. If her family is attacked or she is hurt in any way she will fight to the death to protect her offspring. She acts on instinct, nature was created as a textbook for life, if you study it well you will become that lioness.
The Vehicle of Transmission
In my experience of teaching Goju Ryu Karate-Do I have found that teaching by example, students will understand more readily what you are trying to teach them. What you have to remember is that your students are paying you for a service, and your job is to keep their motivation going. A good analogy is that they are like children learning to walk and talk, everything should be broken down so that techniques can be more readily absorbed. You should foster a sense of friendship and trust and in return you will receive a sense of obligation and a willingness to train hard.