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Grab My Wrist. Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 03-13-2008 03:01 PM
I teach Aikido at a small dojo in Winnipeg, Canada. Been doing so for many years now. This blog is just a collection of ruminations on teaching, descriptions of the events of daily practice, and the occasional funny story.
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In General Monday night musings. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #11 New 04-15-2008 08:53 AM
Well, we had a visitor from another CAF dojo in Saskatoon show up for practice last night. It was interesting to see how this yudansha was doing his aikido. It was, in some respects, rather different than the way I do things. We were practicing yokomenuchi shihonage (omote and ura) last night so my observations are only about this technique. I usually begin the cut down at the end of shihonage with hands, head, hips and feet all in a line -- just as when holding and cutting with a sword. This fellow, though, using only one hand, would bring uke's hand over his head and with a strong, casting-forward action, cut uke's arm down to the mat. Didn't really see any sword-like cutting motion at all in his form, so I'm not sure about the rationale behind this style of execution of shihonage...

The visitor had been a professional coach for many years and I think it was hard for him not to fall into that role with my students. A couple of times when I was offering instruction to one of my students (with whom he was working), he chimed in and offered his own advice! Raised my eyebrows, I can tell you. He wasn't going overboard with the shadow teaching thing, and I didn't want to embarrass him, so I waited until the end of class to privately encourage him not to assume an unappointed teaching role in someone else's dojo. He's a very decent fellow and didn't get all up-in-arms when I explained to him why I didn't appreciate shadow teaching in my dojo. He recognized the validity of what I was saying and apologized.

It really surprises me how often other visiting yudansha feel free to shadow teach. I would never offer any instruction to anyone in a dojo I was visiting unless explicitly given such freedom to do so by the dojo instructor. Its just proper etiquette, isn't it? I certainly think so.
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#1 06-18-2008 10:11 PM
As a professional (rowing) coach who started Aikido in Saskatoon, I'm pretty sure that wasn't me (whew). On the date in question I was 12000 km south... On behalf of coaches everywhere - please guys, let the sensei be the teacher. If you don't think your partner's getting it, call the sensei over and ask - perhaps you don't get it and you need to ask the sensei how what you're doing varies with what the sensei's doing.

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