Re: Claude Berthiaume at aikido of cincinnati
I lived in Montreal a couple of years ago and Claude Sensei is the one who originally got me hooked on Aikido, too, with his beginner classes, and I still look forward to his classes at seminars. I found the classes large in his dojo but he has a very nice clear (to me) way of showing and explaining how to move for a technique. Mainly showing, but with a few choice sentences or mental images to draw your attention to important points. And he would walk around and try to get to each pair while people were practicing a technique, to check everyone was OK or if they needed some help, or occasionally to take ukemi for them so he could sort of walk them through what to do.
Of course with any given person you might happen not to like their teaching style, but for me, I've always looked forward to classes with him and feel like I learn something and enjoy it. Plus of course his technique shares a lot with that of my own teacher (both influenced strongly by Kanai Sensei), so for me there's an added benefit of seeing something familiar from a new point of view.