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Old 04-06-2004, 12:10 PM   #1
James Thompson
Dojo: Chelmsford Aikikai
Location: Chelmsford
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5
New to Teaching

I have recently had to start teaching due to circumstances, does any one have any ideas on the best way to start?
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:10 PM   #2
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,267

Good luck.

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Old 04-06-2004, 05:03 PM   #3
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 543
You've asked a very common question on the aikiweb James; you should find what you're looking for in the search feature Don supplied.

If you don't; this might be useful:

Teaching Tips

It's a file I worked up a couple of years ago in order to help the son of a friend when he was just starting teaching. It doesn't give any specific information on teaching Aikido; I'd just started, but it gives a broad overview of the teaching skill in general. From that link; click on 'teaching tips' at the top right of the page; it'll download the file for you.

Answers are only easy when they're incomplete.
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Old 04-17-2004, 11:37 PM   #4
Alan Lomax
Dojo: Doumukai Aikido
Location: San Diego, CA.
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 33

Yes, start on time and enjoy what you will learn from those who would be your students.


Alan Lomax
Doumukai Aikido
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Old 04-22-2004, 07:09 AM   #5
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Dojo: Seibukan Aikido UK
Location: body in UK, heart still in Japan
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 1,031
Re: New to Teaching

Hi James,

I notice that you are in the UK, so I presume that your dojo/ association is affiliated to the BAB? If this is so, you can contact them and apply to go on one of their coaching courses, this will provide you with a lot of info and ideas that should help you.



A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 05-07-2004, 03:22 PM   #6
Jack Simpson
Dojo: Western Maryland Aikikai - Frederick, Maryland
Location: hangin' with the tengu in the "mountains" of Maryland
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 91
Re: New to Teaching

1) don't talk alot
2) initially, teach your favorite techniques, along with plenty of basics
3) make sure people sweat alot
4) when folks are starting to fall down, without people throwing them, it's probably time to stop class.

Good luck.

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Old 05-07-2004, 06:05 PM   #7
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
Re: New to Teaching

Everyone has different learning styles. I try to use the concept of the linguistic programming people: visual, auditory, kinesthetic. It covers most learning styles.
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Old 05-11-2004, 12:44 AM   #8
Dojo: Manila Aikido Club
Location: manila
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 34
Re: New to Teaching

Hi James, Remember. "Just be yourself" and everything will be follow. And one thing be honest to your students.

Goodluck&Best wishes..
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Old 05-16-2004, 08:47 PM   #9
Lachlan Kadick
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Dojo: Oswego Aikido Club
Location: Syracuse, NY
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 40
Re: New to Teaching

Hey James,
All I really have to recommend is to keep a positive attitude, learn your students behavioral patterns, and the younger they are the faster you need to work to keep their attention(and also be sure to keep them occupied the entire time, idleness often makes them mischievous.)

Think big, Live humbly.
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Old 05-17-2004, 04:45 PM   #10
Lyle Laizure
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Dojo: Hinode Dojo LLC
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 563
Re: New to Teaching

The first thing is you want to be yourself. The second thing is that you need to be able to explain "things" in more than one way so that you can get your ideas or concepts accross to everyone. Aside from that it will be trial and error. Be positive and smile. You will do fine.

Lyle Laizure
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