Just an observation.
A few weeks ago I went to watch a sensei teach a seminar. Actually as
I watched, it became more apparent that he was not teaching so much as
performing for the attendees. I could not help but feel sorry for
some of the people that paid to learn but were getting a show. It was
a good performance and should have duly impressed the attendees as
well as the audience, but it was a poor tool for teaching unless of
course you want to teach people how good you are.
I remember paying hard earned money (I made $80 a week working in a
slaughter house and had a wife and two children to support) to attend
a seminar only to watch the teacher do things I had no hope of doing;
then when we practiced, we did the same thing we did in the dojo
everyday. No explanation, no assistance -- he just walked around
looking grand until the next performance.
I know how it feels to be the center attraction. I too was a "teacher"
performer and it took me a long time to realize that those folks came
to me and paid money to learn, not watch me trash ukes all weekend.
It is now my hope that after every class in the dojo and after every
seminar, everyone has something tangible to take with them and not
just the knowledge of how good or bad I am at Aikido. I make all my
yudansha teach, and I watch as some perform and some teach with
concern for the learning and progress of their fellow students.
Anyone can open a dojo showcase their performance but to be a teacher
is very hard indeed, much harded than being a performer.