Brian Kagen pick: “The Traditional Learning Method of Aikido,” by J. Garcia

It has been noted in many places that the old way the masters taught was to demonstrate the techniques rather than to explain them. It was the duty of the student to “learn” from the master. Hiroshi Kato Sensei has told us in the past, “I was not taught by the Founder (of Aikido), I learned from him”. Kato Sensei always understood that it was his job to study carefully what the Founder was doing and to imitate it and incorporate his own understanding of what he saw into his aikido.

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  1. Brett Jackson says:

    Lots of great stuff here!

  2. I will comment that in my limited experience, the best way to learn something is to go learn it from someone with whom you do not share a common language. That alone ensures proper learning.

  3. …and Takeda sensei, as a youth, had his fingers held to the fire when he got home if he didn’t “get” what his senseis taught him in that manner… America isn’t Japan. the Japanese know this and it makes (some of) them reluctant to recognize Americans as equal (rank to rank)…

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