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Creation Date: 08-16-2004 04:00 PM
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  #8 New 09-13-2003 12:59 PM
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.
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#2 09-17-2003 10:44 PM
opherdonchin Says:
Yup. I've also noticed that if I go through a long period of feeling like my Aikido is stuck in a plateau, it is usually improving steadily.
#1 09-15-2003 07:45 AM
jxa127 Says:
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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.
HA! I've had the exact same experience. I guess all that matters is that we try our best. Regards, -Drew
 




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