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Old 03-30-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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Re: Need advice?

ok next question what are signs of a good teacher and what am i looking out for ?
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:45 AM   #2
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Re: Need advice?

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ok next question what are signs of a good teacher and what am i looking out for ?
This is very simple giving a fact you have some experience with MA. Go to all aikido dojo around your area and take a look how instructor is teaching. Than you can see which one meets your expectations.

Finding right instructor is the most important task for you now.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

Skilled students is the number one sign of a good teacher.

Other than that:
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and
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

IMHO, the proof is in the outcome.

If the students appear to be getting it, you might just have a good teacher.

A good teacher will want you to impress yourself rather than be impressed by them.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:32 AM   #5
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

Consider well, and imagine how you would teach someone like yourself the appropriate and enjoyable method of learning your particular art.

Then, find an instructor, and the environment, to do just that for you.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:35 AM   #6
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......and what am i looking out for ?
That is up to you. What do YOU want out of aikido? Different dojo's belong to different "schools of thought" and even within the same style of aikido, different instructors go about things in their own way. There are three aikido places near me and each one is different. Go sit and watch classes at the various dojo's and see what appeals to you.

I think my sensei is great, but others may come in and not really care for his way of teaching and our style, so they go to the other aikido dojo. You have to figure out what it is you want from your isntructor and then you are in a better position to see if they meet your needs/criteria.

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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I think my sensei is great, but others may come in and not really care for his way of teaching and our style, so they go to the other aikido dojo.
LOL this reminds me of a conversation with my sensei the other night. I said I really like the approach the teacher have in this dojo a lot. He replied, "well that's why you're still here. The ones who don't go somewhere else...."

Yeah you have to find a teacher that you feel comfortable with. The only way to really do that is to visit the dojo, observe and take a class to get a good feel. Definitely observe the abilities of his students. Having skill is great but if one has great skill but can't effectively pass on what he knows then what good is he as a teacher? OTOH a great teacher can't be very effective without great students.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:00 PM   #8
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ok next question what are signs of a good teacher and what am i looking out for ?
Good students both in skills and attitude. If they have their own opinions but clearly trust their instructor then the chances are their instructor is excellent.

Also I look for a sense of humour in the dojo and how the students interact with each other and how they interact with the instructor.
If everyone is relaxed and happy and the people can laugh at their own mistakes and they encourage one another then you've got a good dojo there. I tend to find that dojo that are too serious and don't talk that much aren't communicating; they're not giving each other feed back, they're not supporting one another. A good dojo works as a team.

Another thing I look for is changing room banter and see how many times students look to their instructor to validate their statements. If the students are confident in making their own statements without having to say "isn't that right Sensei" then I'm happy.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #9
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

Onegaishimasu, my thought that each student is looking for himself/herself.

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:48 AM   #10
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

While visiting a dojo, pay attention to the student's behavior. You are looking for both self confidence an respect for the teacher.
Mocking Sensei behind his or her back is a very bad sign.
Also, watch Sensei's attitude toward his or her students. Ridiculing a student for failing a technique and lack of encouragement are not good.
Also, arrogance and good teaching usually do not work together.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:34 PM   #11
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I don't know what makes a good teacher, but I know what makes a bad teacher!

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Old 04-04-2011, 03:14 PM   #12
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

I will echo what others have said here, but also add that a good instructor is one that is still learning and willing to try and improve him/herself.

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:34 AM   #13
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Re: What are signs of a good teacher?

It may be less of an issue for you with a Judo background. But look at how they treat beginners.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:35 PM   #14
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I have trained under many teachers in my short time studying aikido; I think the best teacher I have found is the one who teaches the exact things I want to learn - and does it in a way that I learn best.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #15
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I have trained under many teachers in my short time studying aikido; I think the best teacher I have found is the one who teaches the exact things I want to learn - and does it in a way that I learn best.
...which you're not going to know until you've spent some time studying with them. I think that there are some fairly obvious "don't go here" signs, and also some encouraging signs, but the only thing that's going to tell you for sure that you've got a good teacher is if you train with him/her. Of course, you'd like it to work out, but if it doesn't, it's not the end of the world. Just learn from it and move on.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:18 AM   #16
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In a nutshell?
"I really liike these people and what they are doing." Stay.
"I don't really feel comfortable here." Walk.

Food for thought.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:48 PM   #17
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A good instructor is one that remains a student and wants his students to become better than himself.

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