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Old 09-22-2003, 12:36 PM   #7
Bronson
 
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
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Opher Donchin (opherdonchin) wrote:
In Seidokan, my teacher asked for questions after every technique demonstration.
This appears to be pretty standard for us.

Almost everytime I get on Aikiweb there is somebody asking how to do a technique, or what is expected on a test, or how they should behave, etc. While I'm all for the free exchange of ideas and knowledge it seems these people would be better served to ask their sensei. We don't train in their dojo, we have no way of knowing how things are done there and can therefore only guess as to the correct answer.

I haven't trained under many instructors/styles but I've found that the majority of the ones I've been fortunate enough to train with have an air of openess about them that lets the students know it's ok to ask. Have others experienced this or do you think that more sensei carry themselves in a way that makes them appear unapproachable?

Thanks,

Bronson

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