Re: Teaching Aikido - Require Coaching Course?
Adam mentioned Toyoda Sensei's uchideshi program earlier. He also implemented both national and regional instructor's seminars as part of his program to create instructors to further the art. To be sure, some of the material covered at instructor seminars in the AAA is technique driven and what you'd find at most seminars, there is considerable instruction on how to teach aikido classes and how to deal with student problems. I remember a specific class that dealt with teaching new students to roll, with emphasis on helping those who were having trouble. I understand that Andy Sato Sensei has continued along the same lines with his AWA organization as well.