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My first real go at teaching a decent sized class. eek!
I once took a class when only 4 of us turned up and I was the highest grade (even at only 3rd Kyu) which went pretty well, even for a "right you're the highest grade" level of forward planning. This time though there was about 10 of us including M (1st kyu) and L (Sensei!).
It was a challenge from Sensei, to see if we could not only demonstrate but explain our chosen techniques. All the graded students had to pick a technique (and attack), teach it and then later go round the class whilst everyone was practicing and help out...
It was brilliant fun. Distinctly nerve wracking. Demonstrating, whilst a bit wobbly-leg inducing, is easier than having to explain things. "OK, so you, um step through, yes aaaaaand keeping the twist on the arm bend legs turn (keeping you centre down of course) and bring them down and pin them" "right anyone want to see that again? no? oh good. you do? urm, right OK where was I?" And so on...
And then going round the class whilst practicing. Yikes, how do they keep track of everyone?
L is a star. In previous generations you could imagine him being the Parish Priest going round and tending to his flock. He just has that kind of concerned way about him. It's not that R doesn't, he's just a bit fiercer and more obviously demanding.