I mix all of them. I'm a kinesthetic learner, so I naturally tend toward touch, show (moving demo is kinesthetic, not visual - visual would be static positioning), and "now I do it to you" teaching. I make sure I do a fair amount of explaining, for those who grasp better by words, and use static (this is what you should look like at this point in the technique) positioning to accommodate the other learning/communication styles. If you were going to use just one, my opinion is that it would have to be kinesthetic. This is actually how the Japanese masters tended (at least in decades past - not sure if this has changed or not) to teach. They'd pick a student, demonstrate the technique on them with little description, then leave the students to work it out. EDIT: By the way, a best-practice I learned researching training in the corporate world involves setting the stage before teaching. Many instructors start by describing and discussing the technique, then showing it slow, then showing it fast. This is out of order, for both children and adults (but especially adults). The learner needs context, so the first thing should be to show the technique at full speed, so they know what the rest of the teaching is about. Then, it's good to go through step-by-step, explaining as you go - at this point the student actually has an idea where each step is leading, so is better able to retain what is taught. End with another near-full-speed demo, to put it all back together. Now, it's time to have the student do it slowly, perhaps breaking it down into steps, if necessary.