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Old 05-03-2004, 10:22 AM   #8
Dojo: Tupelo Aikikai
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 16
Re: Poll: Do you know anyone at an advanced level in aikido who has never taught aikido in any formal ca

I totally agree with Mr. Linden. I live in Tupelo Mississippi. I refer to Mississippi as the Aikido Wastelands. There are only 6 Aikido Dojo's in the state with four different styles.

I have never seen a Aikido Dojo where senoir students have never taught class when sensei was sick or taking a break. I have seen senoir students in this area who have high rank and good technique who dont get the opportunity to be the primary teacher for beginners and bring them through the ranks. They instead are not allowed to start beginners or have their own classes and therefore their teaching skills dont grow as they should.

William Gibson
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