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Old 06-12-2005, 04:32 AM   #26
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Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

I think this is a good thread and should not die just like that...

To answer the question, the dojo must have a good teaching system, a qualified and knowledgeable instructor who cannot only dance but sing as well. A good system w/out the two is nothing, they should all come together, just like pepper and salt, salt and pepper. An instructor who can teach by showing moves may not be able to communicate with the majority of the students. However, if he can explain each moves slowly and clearly and has a good teaching system then....he's doing good IMHO.

I know somebody in our area who claims he teaches and has been jumping from one dojo to another and carries another dojo's patch on his chest. He talks a lot about principles, and footworks, etc. and criticizes other styles of aikido other than what he is practicing. Problem is, he can show the moves very fast, ahhh but cant explain it.
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:48 AM   #27
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Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

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I know somebody in our area who claims he teaches and has been jumping from one dojo to another and carries another dojo's patch on his chest. He talks a lot about principles, and footworks, etc. and criticizes other styles of aikido other than what he is practicing. Problem is, he can show the moves very fast, ahhh but cant explain it.
Getting your mind and your body to be able to do the things you can talk about or theorize about is very difficult! (I can't do it). It's that whole tacit knowledge thing I learned about in my Knowledge Management class in grad school!

I knew more about martial arts at 30 than I do know at 40. How can that be?
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Old 06-12-2005, 12:26 PM   #28
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Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

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I knew more about martial arts at 30 than I do know at 40. How can that be?
It comes with getting old mate, forgetfulness is just something you'll have to get used to .

A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:02 PM   #29
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Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

All i can say is that, i started doing aikido when i was eight , and at that time , all i was worried about was doing "karate" , it was much later when i realized , this is alot more than just a martial art. Now i see aikido in a new perspective , and i try to take in every aspect of the martial art. So, for me i started learning "how to do aikido" on my own, but i guess if your sensei is starting that now , then you're just ahead of the game .

Just stating how i went through it.
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:08 AM   #30
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Re: What's your sensei teaching you?

My sensei is teaching me how to do aikido, how to learn to do aikido, and how to think about the essence of aikido to be able to apply it in all situations. At least, that's the theory; how well I do at all of the above is purely up to me.
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