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Old 06-17-2011, 01:45 AM   #51
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Re: Teaching Aikido - Require Coaching Course?

require coaching course...

To my feeling teaching is integral part of your Aikido practise. First imitate the exercises, next understand and finally learn how to pass them on. How do you learn to teach? Simply try and understand why your teacher does the things the way he does. Again, imitate, understand and finally find your own way to teach.

Off course not everyone will follow this path, but those driven to learn Aikido very likely end up teaching Aikido.
It is two sides of the same thing, like the palm of your hand and the back of your hand, like mountains and valleys. One cannot exist without the other (they define eachother, ying yang).

In the Netherlands one can follow courses to attain teacher grades. Other teachers have defined a curriculum you must learn and prove to have mastered in order to receive the grade. However, I do not support such a system where teachers from different styles judge me. The only relevant appreciation is that of my teacher. But others may feel different about this...

Last edited by Tim Ruijs : 06-17-2011 at 01:47 AM.

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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