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Old 01-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #17
Russ Q
Dojo: Shohei Juku Aikido Gibsons
Location: Gibsons BC
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 193
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Re: Teaching in the times of lawsuit.

Hi, we do teach a kids class in our dojo. We pretty much have a 4 - 7 yr old group (it's a lot like herding cats). We focus on moving our bodies, rolling and incorporating the principles of irimi and tenkan into games. I often touch students to help them do front and back rolls. I really don't see it as a big deal and, as someone mentioned, to not do it is a disservice to the students. Nine classes out of ten there is another instructor on the mat during class and 100% of the time, thus far, there has been at least one parent observing.

Cheers,

Russ
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