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Old 11-07-2004, 08:23 PM   #8
Michael Young
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Dojo: Alamo City Aikido
Location: San Antonio, TX
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Re: Poll: How often do you verbally correct students senior to yourself who are making mistakes during aikido training?

I think there are two ways to think about this. One is feedback, the other is criticism. Criticism, even if it is "constructive criticism", is not appropriate from a junior student unless specifically asked for by the senior person....Feedback however is not only appropriate, but essential for the growth of all parties involved. I welcome feedback from my junior students and am prompted for it often by those senior and of equal rank to me. I think the best way to "correct" any interaction though, is through the open communication of an honest attack and sincere correct ukemi, rather than verbal conversation...deficiencies in technique can often be corrected in this manner. Someone senior really can't complain when all you do is provide the correct ukemi, rather from a junior student or senior.

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