Re: Poll: Is your current aikido instructor the best aikido practitioner with whom you have ever trained?
I have watched people at my dojo, other dojos and seminars all leave the mat with varying degrees of knowledge or confusion. On each of the occassions we all encountered the same instructor therefore it appears that the only true teacher of Aikido for each of us is ourselves. The Sensei or workshop leader is a guide and a resource but we each teach ourselves by applying our understanding to what is demonstrated. I have two long studied, high ranked, Sensei plus numerous dedicated sempai at my dojo but always my best learning occurs after class or alone on the mat reflecting on what was presented. Sometimes the best lesson is something that weny completely wrong. This is a long way of saying that practice and reflection are my Sensei and they are the best teachers that anyone can ever encounter.