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I've started volunteering at the children's aikido class on Saturday afternoon. It's the small kiddies class where the youngest is probably just about 4 years old so very young. It's turning out to be fun although I have to confess to being mildly bored the first couple of lessons but after that I began to get into it a bit more and it's now more interesting and there's more camaraderie too with the other volunteers.
I kinda like this bunch of volunteers as it's a small and dedicated bunch as this is the smaller sister dojo of the main dojo. They're a highly organised who are generally very disciplined and impart that to their students. Today I arrived 25 minutes before class to help out with the mats and they were already all in place. Now admittedly that's not the usual story but the usual story is that the mats are usually ready some 10-15 mins before class so it's great.
And the instructor tells me that the last class, the older advanced kids need no prompted to help keep the mats. They just all pitch in. It's simply understood. No fuss, no bother. It's what they see their seniors all do so they fall in line automatically. And we're talking teenagers here.