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Tadhg Bird 01-12-2003 08:23 PM

First paying teaching gig
I'll be starting my first paying teaching job in about a week, teaching in an after-school arts program. I've been assisting and teaching in the Juniors program at my dojo, but this will be the first time that I am somebody's primary "Sensei".

Any advice for a teaching newbie?

Greg Jennings 01-12-2003 08:34 PM

Here is something:

A good aikido class should work like a good short story. It should be cohesive from beginning to end. It should grab your attention quickly, have rising action, crescendo, and denoument. It should be have some redeeming quality without being "preachy", etc.

Please let us know how it goes.

Best Regards,

Kevin Beyer 01-12-2003 09:23 PM

Humor helps a LOT with getting people to relax :)

Go get 'em,


Jim ashby 01-13-2003 07:57 AM

Tell them what you're going to tell them. Then tell them it. Then tell them that you've told them it. There are a lot of fine phrases and suchlike about teaching/presentations etc but I've found that the three top lines just about cover it. Good luck!

Have fun

happysod 01-13-2003 08:07 AM

If you make a mistake when teaching a technique, admit it immediately then show it correctly - don't try and bluff it out. Also, try not to get bogged down in answering too many "what if" scenarios from new students, ask them to leave it for beer waza time.

DaveO 01-13-2003 10:55 AM

Hello, Tadhg.

I don't know how helpful it will be to you, but several months ago, I was asked by my Sensei to draw up a brief teaching tutorial for her son, who as a 3rd. kyu was just beginning to start teaching newcomers. I put the document up on a site for general download; many people have told me they found it useful.

Here's the URL; you might find it handy. :)

Tadhg Bird 01-13-2003 02:34 PM

Thanks so much for all the great advice!!!

I am definatly taking it to heart...

try not to get bogged down in answering too many "what if" scenarios from new students, ask them to leave it for beer waza time.
I have learned a good technique dealing with this. When the kids start asking stuff like, "Well what if its 100 ninjas, and they got a tank?" The response is, "Well I just press this invisible button on my wrist here, and it creates a force field and they can't touch me." Tbis will get a response anywhere from a credulous look to outright disbelief, and assertions that its impossible. The resoponse then is, "Well if you can use YOUR imagination to create these problems, then I can use MY imagination to solve them."

I will be teaching school-age children, so beer waza will have to be juice-box waza I think. :D

First class is scheduled for the 28th!

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