Overtaking your teacher?
Q - Have you ever felt you've surpassed your teacher in aikido - while they were still alive and actively practicing?
As many of the threads across the various forums deal with teaching, finding teachers, being a teacher I was just wondering if anyone has ever actually felt they have become "better" at aikido than the person(s) who taught them.
My own experiences have been, no, not really. No matter how long it's been since I trained with them, my older teachers still have that ability to make me feel a newbie on the mat. Is it just me, a function of the relationships found in the dojo or just good old fashioned "age=respect"?