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Old 09-22-2008, 11:10 PM   #14
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Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
Location: Hamilton
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 306
New Zealand
Re: Teaching Teenagers

Thanks for the enthusiastic replies!

It has been exciting and challenging to teach a group of people that have no background in aikido and are all under the age of 17. I have a range of girls and boys and what many of you have said about 'hormones' rings true.

It is nice to hear that I am not alone with dealing with some of the behaviours mentioned (boys showing off etc.) and that it is all normal.

I originally started the thread becasue I saw my student numbers drop from 22 to 9 over the year and I was feeling disheartened. However those students that have stuck with it seem dedicated and are getting a lot out of it.

Thanks again for all your comments.

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
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