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Old 02-27-2007, 11:21 AM   #2
Chuck Clark
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Location: Monroe, Washington
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Re: Aikido Transmission and Class Size

George S. Ledyard wrote: View Post
Since you have actually gone the distance and established your own organization, I'd be interested in hearing how you set things up so that the skills you have get transmitted to the folks down the line and not just to your personal students training with you every day...
This is a problem that I have understood for many years in budokai and with teachers I have been around and have observed closely. Jiyushinkai is now twenty-two years old, and in the past ten years or so I have noticed that in our affiliated dojo across the country juniors are learning certain things quicker and better than before. Many of the seniors with thirty to forty years of budo training (or a couple of folks, much more) have discussed this a lot. We think we have some understanding of what's necessary to pass on whatever can be passed on without constant close contact with senior teachers. I have patterned my teaching methods very closely on my experiences/observations in early life with classical music, ballroom, and ballet training. Combined with thorough kihon (principles), proper practice methodology, accute monitoring skills of our own practice, open and even critique (with compassion and care) and then (absolutely necessary) continual checking and auditing our practice for good uke tori relationship combined with true competitive randori (not sport... not tournament, not "combative" etc.) as our true feedback loop we all seem to be learning and growing together with the system being one of the most powerful teaching tools.

Within our system we are fortunate that all of our members are able to get hands on close connection with senior teachers at least two or three times a year without it costing a fortune. It is my goal (and I think all of our seniors' share this) to leave as many students as possible with better skills than ours. Not only better performance skills but having the skills necessary to not only become their own teacher but an instructor and teacher of others.

That is our intent... to talk about this in depth so that it's usable would take several books, or even better, hands on good times in the dojo for as long as we can...

Sorry for the length, but it was a good question, and is important. Whether our method would work for anyone else is another question.

Best regards,

Chuck Clark
Jiyushinkai Aikibudo
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