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Started with shomen uchi last night with my new group. They have had about 20 lessons right now. First explained how a shomen is done and practised this for a while. Showed a shomenstrike with the sword and told them to cut and not to hit like a hammer.
Next did some taisabaki with shomenattack. Once more it became clear that beginners have trouble with moving! But the group did fine.
As a technique we did shomen uchi iriminage. Pretty tough because it is quite different with a dynamic attack.
As "homework" we did Ikkyo undo. We will go on with this next week.
Well, this works very well! I'll give it a try.
At this moment I am thinking about teaching tonight advanced class. What shall I do? There are exames coming up in a few weeks. Maybe some basics are in order. But basics with a dynamic toutch.
Tommorow I will take over a beginnersclass of a friend of mine. He runs another dojo. I am looking forward to this class. It is quite the same level as my own group I started a few month agoo outside my own dojo (where I teach tonights class).
For me the basics are important. Taisabaki, hipmovement, speed and timing are principles I try to teach. After this; well, in my homedojo I am not the headteacher so the students (including me) are on there own to develop their own color. My motto is: seek what is best for you but don't forget the basic principles. In my experience it seems that in the end with this idea most people have a simulair style of aikido. It is the style of the dojo. In our case: Suganuma Sensei's style (from Fukuoka, one of the last students of O Sensei).
It is my believe that in the end everything turns out well even though you have 4 different instructors in the same dojo.