Who is the best to learn from?
I found that when I started aikido, and for many years, it was much easier to learn from a Nidan or Sandan than from a more senior instructor. I think that this is because the movements are still large and follow basic forms. At higher grades the movements become smaller, more natural to the specific body shape etc.
Anyone else have this same experience?
Would I on average, learn more at a seminar by a 3rd or 4th dan than by a 8th dan? Probably. Makes me think about which seminars to go to.
Do most instructors actually teach, or just provide a class structure that lets me learn from my partners and myself.
Just rambling thoughts on this cold winter day.