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Old 10-11-2007, 08:59 AM   #4
John Bernhard
Dojo: Aikido of East Alabama
Location: Auburn, AL
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 30
Re: What makes a teacher great?

Mr. Wood,
Thank you for your post. I have found myself recently thinking about these very same things. I know for me what makes a great teacher is someone who "challenges" me and if I grasp the concept, will challenge me further, always causing me to grow. If I fail, instead of ridicule, I get warmth and a helping hand to try again. In aikido, recently I have really begun to admire my current Sensei. He is rather jovial in nature and allows an atmosphere of happiness to permeate through the dojo. I don't think I've ever smiled/laughed more while practicing Aikido. It is this I think that makes him a good teacher.
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