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Fridays are my day to teach. I teach first class and Eric teaches the second class. The whole class was three beginners. I remember there was a thread not too long ago on the qualities necessary for teaching beginners, but I have to admit to finding it more challenging than teaching more advanced students. I guess my ideal student is still a low enough rank that I feel like I have something to offer, but high enough rank that they won't have so much of a tendency to copy my mistakes.
Anyway, there was a specific request for mune tsuki kotegaiesh, so we spent the whole class building up to that. It turns out that mune tsuki kotegaiesh is a fairly complicated technique that really makes the most sense with a good uke. I felt like my demonstrations were miserable, like the students had only the vaguest idea about what I was on about, and like I'd generally made a mash of it. So, of course, they were all very happy and felt like they'd learned a lot. Go figure.