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Creation Date: 10-26-2009 05:06 PM
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  #9 New 06-02-2010 07:54 PM
it's been said many times that the academic pathway does not to teach how to do your job, but teaches you to learn how to learn.

this makes sense because every job is different, and no academic course can teach you everything you need to know to complete your particular set of tasks. the best thing you can get out of your whole education experience is to learn how to learn.

i propose that the same applies to aikido. aikidoka cannot expect that their teachers will teach them everything technique they need to learn in the way that they will absorb best. in fact, every person they train with will understand and convey their aikido in a very different way. it is unrealistic to believe that there is a universal way of teaching or learning aikido that is the "best" way.

the best we can do is to learn how to translate and take in as much as we can from other aikidoka in the best way that we can in our own way.

thus i propose that as a teacher, the best thing one can hope to teach one's student is not the most precise, best, techniques etc., but to help them learn how to learn.

of course, more importantly - it is our responsibility as students to learn how to learn. and keep on learning!
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