Re: The Joy of Aikido, Are We missing it?
Having had Gozo Shioda Shihan as an instructor, he was usually smiling while teaching. When I teach, I keep a sense of humor and I use it. It relaxes the class but at the same time gets the point across. If you are stern all the time, students tend to not have a good time learning and slowly begin to drift away. Humor definitely helps and eases tensions while learning a technique.