Re: Help !
I train with a twelve year old who will occasionally, in the most polite way possible, say things like this to me. He is quite correct, though, so it's hard to get mad at him.... As far as I can tell by observing him with his agemates, he is very discreet about his aikido off the mat. But he can't help noticing that I'm in a position of authority (assistant instructor) over him but he has four years' training time on me, and he *is* better than I am.
I figure it does me no harm to acknowledge this. Kids have trouble getting respect for their accomplishments, why add to their frustration? Besides, I'm hoping he can teach me ryote tori tenchinage irimi, which for some reason I just can't get my head around....