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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
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Status: Public
Entries: 14
Comments: 13
Views: 64,685

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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RSS Feed 3 Responses to "The Very First One!!!!"
#3 07-21-2006 02:19 AM
RoyK Says:
I liked your list of goods and bads. Seems like most of the bads are neccesities of life. Ofcourse it's sad that your inexperience drove away good students, but it's inevitable, the best thing is that you stuck by teaching and improved!
#2 07-06-2006 05:06 AM
MM Says:
Wow, congratulations!
#1 07-06-2006 03:32 AM
CatSienna Says:
wow, that *is* an achievement. Congratulations!

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