Seiseki Abe - Meeting Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei - Aikido Sangenkai Blog
Here are the 4 considerations about choosing and Aikido teacher. towards; The teacher/student relationship is fundamentally an empowering. Piotr Burnos: Sensei, You are the head of a newly established Aikido When it comes to a teacher/student relationship, then it becomes my business. Teachers, as well as seniors can empower students to speak up, when . be another manifestation of mutually respectful teaching relationship.
Here is an English translation: After the war O Sensei also had a very difficult time. The fact that Ueshiba Sensei was an adviser to the Butokukai in Kyoto was not good. Thus Sensei confined himself in Iwama and since he could no longer practice budo, he created the Aiki-Farm and engaged in farming.
It was a precarious existence. Broad categories delineated those who were to be purged. Baerwold adds the rueful comment that: Moreover, all SCAP staff sections had to rely on their counterparts in the Japanese bureaucracy for basic data and assistance in drafting reforms.
Aikido: Confronting a Crisis – Aikido Journal
This necessity allowed the Japanese officials to protect themselves and promote their own agenda by influencing SCAP officials. It was an early variant of using gaiatsu foreign pressure to their own advantage. I was an unwitting participant in the game while drafting purge criteria involving members of the Dai Nippon Butokukai, the Great Japan Military Virtue Society.
It is interesting that Baerwold was involved in drafting purge criteria for the Dai Nippon Butokukai, which included aikido from onwards.
If a disagreement arises over the technique, the instructor should be asked to settle the dispute. On the mat, the student should practice only Aikido.
If he or she studies another martial art, — it should be left outside the dojo, unless the instructor explicitly asks to see it. Students should never play around, wrestle, etc. Aikido is fun, but it is at the same time a serious activity and requires a focused mind.
Playing on the mats invites carelessness and thus injury. At the dojo, a training uniform — a dogi — rather than street clothes is worn. This helps focus attention on training. Complete uniforms are preferred. Aikido study is formal; a complete uniform reflects the attention given to this study as well as offering greater protection for the body. The dogi should be washed regularly.
All jewelry and accessories should be removed for training. This includes all earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, and even combs or hair clips if they have the potential to injure someone.
Jewelry is removed for two reasons: Long hair should be secured in a braid or ponytail, for both men and women. The highest ranking person sits all the way to the right; the lowest-ranking student sits all the way to the left. The line should be centered and straight. A student who enters the mat at the last minute should go to the end of the line, rather than making others move aside for him or her.
Students should stay quiet and motionless once they have lined up. However, for our students, these very same techniques can seem like very much advanced. How come that, when I am a student, during a class taught by another teacher, what used to be so easy for me while I was standing at the center of the mat demonstrating the very same technique becomes so difficult to realize?
Once again, we are the same body and our partner has the same physique but the change is to be found in the relationship between Tori and Uke as well as the mental interaction. Obviously, the practitioner in front of me is no longer the submissive student who hoped to be taken in the middle and tried to understand what his teacher is expecting of him.
Instead, when placed in a corner of the mat, hidden by the other practitioners, this same student will expose a completely different side of his personality. He will practice in a much more personal fashion and since I will have to be submitted to his technique, my behavior will shift from dominant to dominated and it changes completely my relationship with this person.
When I am standing on the tatami, there is a concept that I always try to put into application. In a single sentence, it goes like this: