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Old 05-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #19
Dojo: Aikido of Park Slope/NY Aikikai
Location: NYC
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 106
Re: Teaching Aikido, an Aiki perspective

the late Sugano Sensei made an interesting comment re teaching

he happened to be in the dojo (ny aikikai) when friend of mine was teaching so after class my friend asked him what he thought of how he (my friend) had taught. Sugano Sensei replied that it was fine but that he "explained too much "like a coach" in western sports, and that this deprived the student of the opportunity for discovering things for themselves."

Sugano Sensei, a remarkable man, also took up western fencing at the age of 50 (becoming NYS champion in the senior division) in order to see "how westerners teach martial arts to westerners" in order to improve his teaching of Americans
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