Re: Learning How to Learn Aikido
I am very analytical by nature, so this question crossed my mind when I began helping new students a couple of years ago. To me, you are essentially presenting the biblical (new testament) parable of the teacher. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime."
I personally feel that you advance in aikido by learning how to improve on your own through self-criticism.
I actually created a short bullet list of components that lead to successful techniques. I then descirbe my thought process when I am learning technique to new students. Obviously, the list has changed over the years, and will continue to change as I train. I think that instructors have many challenges to face and I try to let sempai burden the resonsibility of teaching students how to learn.