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Old 02-22-2004, 09:56 AM   #12
Dojo: Federación Mexicana de Aikido
Location: Mexico City
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 188
In our school newbies practice with newbies under the direct supervision of a fukushidoin (a 4th dan). Basically he is in charge of getting them trough the basics of ukemi, and only after a reasonable period of time (a couple of months on average), when the practitioner builds up their confidence and shows the desire and skills to safely practice with more advanced students are they admitted to the general practice by our sensei. In no way a student with few days or weeks of practice should be partnered with someone preparing for an exam, specially in a crowded dojo under poor supervision. I find your predicament unacceptable, if you would like to continue the path of Aikido you should try to find a better dojo.
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