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The Notebooks of Michael Riehle Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-09-2006 01:42 PM
My opinions, pontifications and general ramblings about Aikido
Blog Info
Status: Public
Entries: 14
Comments: 13
Views: 52,533

Entries for the Month of July 2006

In General New Space. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #9 New 07-25-2006 02:02 PM
I signed the paperwork and got the keys this morning.

Handed over a fat check.

Going from sharing a space with a dance studio to 3000 sq feet of dedicated space. The mat wil be at 1000 sq feet. We'll have proper dressing rooms. I'll have an office. There will be a lobby. There are windows in the front. There will be no mirrors on the mat. I can put up signs.

But it's going to be expensive.

Still, I think my business will grow now. Visibility matters. Presence matters. My ongoing lack of visibility has created the impression that I have no presence.

Well, I'm fixing that now.
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In General New Skirt Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 07-17-2006 01:09 PM
Well, it's all over but the shouting.

It was a great presentation.

Now I guess I really have to get serious about my next dan rank. She'll catch up if I'm not careful. :-D
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In General The Very First One!!!! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #7 New 07-05-2006 06:01 PM
July 15, 2006.

A day for me to remember.

This is the day when I can officially call myself a Teacher of Aikido.

That's when the first of my students to earn her shodan gives her shodan presentation.

The way things are done in our school, it's pretty much a done deal. We would not have set the date if I didn't plan on awarding the rank. Sure, she has a couple of things to work on between now and then - not least of which is her presentation - but I have no doubt she'll do it.

I think this may be a bigger deal than my own shodan was. At least to me.

It made me consider the good and bad of the last three years of teaching:
  • Good: I have some very dedicated and talented students.
  • Bad: I was a pretty green teacher when I fell into this dojocho role.
  • Good: I've learned a lot and I believe I'm a much better dojocho - and teacher - than I was back then.
  • Bad: In the process of learning I chased away a lot of good students.
  • Good: I'm solidly established in the community.
  • Bad: I need to do a better job of outreach.

But, mostly, I'm happy that my student has earned her shodan. And I have another one due in about three months. Will he make it? I believe so, but he's not done yet. Plus a junior shodan (different from adult shodan, but still an accomplishment) within six months.

This year is going to be a great ride.
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