60 Perfect Minutes: That is all the time you have got to get someone first hooked b aikido. But like most aikido teachers, you probably did not attend "how to teach aikido" school. I know I didn't. I did not get a degree in aikido teaching pedagogy nor was I mentored in instructional design. Like many of us, I spent years learning aikido but was never trained in how to teach it. Looking back 25 years, I was completely unprepared to teach my first class.
I developed this course because I wish I had received some formal teacher training and accreditation before opening up a dojo. I wish i had studied anatomy and that someone had told me about different learning styles and basic classroom management. I wish I had had to develop class plans in advance and that someone had watched me teach and offered critique.
The hard moment that ignited my exploration of my own teaching was when I realized that I had been just stringing techniques together for a class rather than truly teaching.That is what this course is about. What makes a good aikido teacher rather than just a proficient martial artist? How does one teach aikido not just for the sake of imparting techniques but to also spark personal transformation for our students?
Hi, I’m Malory Graham.
6th Dan, Chief Instructor, Seattle Aikikai
I began training in 1988 and founded my dojo in 1997. I've also had a tandem career as a filmmaker and media instructor, teaching in over 50 schools in the Pacific Northwest.
I deeply believes that the art of aikido should be more widespread and am dedicated to sharing my expertise in filmmaking, curriculum design and dojo management with others to make that happen.