David Achilleus (achilleus) wrote:
I would appreciate aikidoka experience and thoughts regarding this matter:
What is the proper response to a student attempting to teach an instructor?
Context - an instructor of a school takes a few students (one senior and one junior) to another school for a friendly day of practice. At practice all three find themselves being "taught down to" by the very junior students at the school they are visiting.
Because this is a "friendly" exchange - should the instructor just suck it up and take a lesson in "watering the stick"?
Should the junior be repremanded for such behaviour?
Is such beahviour even acceptable?
I would very much appreciate your thoughts and replies.
Well, I think it depends on what the visiting instructor was doing.
I think this is a complex issue\at least it is from my perspective. So bear with me, while I give some background information.
My dojo in Hiroshima is unique, in the sense that it is one of the very few Aikikai dojos in Japan run entirely by non-Japanese. As such it is an object of some curiosity and we get quite a few visiting yudansha. Of course, they are Japanese and follow the unwritten rules for dojo visitors: follow the customs of the dojo.
We have a policy that all three instructors will be on the mat at the same time whenever possible, though, of course, only one will be actually doing the instructing. We change partners every technique and the instructors keep a close eye on who pairs up with whom.
If we encountered 'teaching down' by one my junior students, one of us would go over, make a threesome, and show both junior and visitor some points or other of the technique being shown.
Very occasionally, the visiting yudansha does not know the technique being shown\or usually the particular variaton or emphasis: our varied training backgrounds (Tada, Arikawa, Yamaguchi, Nishio) makes this possible. Our juniors usually have enough respect for the visitor's hakama to wait for guidance.
Best wishes for Chrsitmas and the New Year.