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Old 08-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #9
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,236
Re: Teaching Children Aikido

Anita, you're right of course. I've been an assistant instructor in our kids' class for about five years now, along with another assistant. Our Sensei is the primary teacher. It is a big commitment to be there for the two classes a week for years on end that we offer and to make sure that my partner will be there if I can't for some reason and vice versa. Any one of the three of us can handle the class alone, but we prefer to have a minimum of two instructors on the mat at all times. Speaking only for myself, there are times I feel like pulling my hair out, but it all balances out when you see the light come on. I learn more from them each class than they do from me. It is a rewarding experience for me and a privilege. A lot of work, but well worth the effort.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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