Re: Any instructors here ever challenged?
It's nice when they honestly want to "play". My experience has been too often they are more interested in proving their art is superior. It's nice - although rare - when I can steer someone like this in the direction of Aikido. Mostly, though, the best I hope for is to "defeat" the guy and not disrupt my class too much.
("Defeat" is in quotes because of the dichotomy in attitudes in such a situation. A person like this comes in thinking of it as a contest and I try not to - with varying degrees of success. Because of his attitude, if I succeed he will be defeated, but I try not to think of it as winning on my part. It's tough to maintain the correct attitude in the face of this type of competitiveness, but I really do try.)
But it really comes down to why they are there. If they are there with a sincere interest in Aikido, it generally sorts itself out pretty quickly. If they are there just to be difficult, well, that also sorts itself out, but in a different way.
I do remember this one guy who showed up when I was a fairly green teacher. It didn't go well. He resisted, I insisted. He never came back. I wonder how I would handle him now...
Last edited by mriehle : 06-05-2006 at 11:43 AM.