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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General One Day More, and Encouraging Beginners Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #101 New 02-19-2004 10:56 PM
Tonight we covered mostly basics and a piece of the 13-step kata during Jo practice for the benefit of our new student(s). Afterwards, we did a variety of techniques from Katatedori: Nikkyo, Sankyo, and Yonkyo.

Since half the class was made up of new students today, we each spent the night working with at least one of them at any given time. There's one new student in particular whom Dave and I suspect isn't really enjoying himself, and is possibly there out of obligation --- so we've been trying to raise his spirits as much as we can.

This young man will often get exasperated at himself for not getting something right and apologize a lot; he's also a pretty shy person to begin with, so I myself try to get him to smile by keeping things rather lighthearted (at least when I'm working with him) --- laughing at myself when something doesn't work out that well, etc. I guess I just want to show him that the learning process (frustrating as it can be at times) can also be an enjoyable one, and that he should cut himself some slack (yes, I know...I should take my own advice, right?)

From speaking to Dave about this, we've both realized how we feel it's our duty to give beginners encouragement --- a positive experience that shows them how we have a comfortable and supportive environment to learn in, and that no matter how tough things may get, they should stick with it because it's worth it in the end.

One more day to the seminar, and I'm good to go!
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