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Old 08-11-2002, 04:49 PM   #14
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Colleen and Deb,

You are both right, I too have seen an incredible amount of "teaching" on the mat, typically by men. And yes, it does have an effect on women to a large extent (certainly not all women). I cannot tell you how many times I have trained at a seminar (in dojos where women wear hakama from the first time they step on the mat), where a man has automatically stuck out his hand to go first, and proceeded to tell me how to do something before I have even grabbed him. While it doesn't happen so much anymore (I think I've become a bit beligerent and cussed, and they can see it in my eyes), it still on occassion happens.

Womens classes wouldn't take care of that particular problem though, because I am sure some women would just take that role themselves. It is probably by in large, human nature.

cheers, Rachel
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