Children's Aikido - The lessons I have learned and how they have affected my own aikido

Children's Aikido - The lessons I have learned and how they have affected my own aikido

When I began teaching children Aikido I was entering a journey into the unknown. I had watched a video and read some articles, however at the end of the day I was an absolute beginner. I knew the children would be different to adults yet in how many ways I did not know.

Looking back to the beginning one of O'Sensei's quotes was particularly relevant:

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The Influence of Mentoring in Aikido

A personal view by Vance Karena

In the lead up to Shodan, I thought seriously about where and how I saw myself in my Aiki journey. Originally I was thinking more about my progress and what I thought was required of me, so that I could develop more. One usually looks at things from a personal perspective and it's generally a one sided view, and this is mine.

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