Hello everyone. I just started at new dojo after my move to Pasadena, California from Portland, Oregon. It is true what they say; you don not truely appreciate something until it is gone. The group of people, I started aikido with and continued to train with at Multnomah Aikikai were all fantasic people and most excellent aikidoka. I encourage each, everyone of you to partake in a little piece of the great aikido pie in Portland. You won't be dissapointed.
Onto the topic;
Like I said, I recently moved from Portland to Pasadena. I found a dojo which seems like a good group of people, and is very convient (5 minutes away from my house). Everything is well and good, albiet they only have 2 training days a week. Sunday, we had a intructor I had never trained with before. By observation he was out of shape (we wont get into that again
) and seemingly his techniques were "lacking". They just didn't seem to have that specific element that most dansha have.
I don't know how to explain it exactly... but I just felt his aikido was not up to "par".
This all leads to my question. The class was training tenchinage. He walked over, and corrected me. Insisting that I was praciticing the technique wrong. Instead of taking the balance and projecting forward, he told me the correct and apporiate way, was to raise both hands completly above my head and project down trough uke's arms.
It felt awkward and when I took ukemi for him, I recieved his force comming directly into me, and had to turn and forward roll because his projection was trough my arms into my kara. Interestingly enough, this was a technique (perhaps a variation =/) for teaching beginners the basics of backwards rolling.
I don't mean any disrespect of course, and on second consideration it very well could have been an exercise/variation that I am unformiliar with.
The root of my question lies is not the physical, is it right or wrong, but rather I'd like to know your toughts on accepting, not accepting, applying and not appling techniques you have a underlying conflict with. Whatever that may be.
Just to make it clear, my approach is to gain what I can from all different approaches, if for nothing else, to have it as a option in my brain.
Discounting a technique based on variation/differences is bluntly, ignorant. How do you go about questioning a technique based on the skill of the teacher, precieved notions of a specific technique, etc? What conclusions have you made when questioning the aformentioned?