While sensei is away…
I was unable to make class last week due to other family commitments, but I had full confidence that my classes would be run and taught well while I was gone. My two senior senpai Kelly J Maier and Michael Schuldt do an excellent job of filling in when needed, and I know I can depend upon them to instruct the other students in the manner consistent with myself.
I think it benefits everyone to be put into a leadership position.
It benefits the senpai, because teaching also adds insight and wisdom into your own techniques. Sometimes showing something to others reveals flaws in our own techniques, which we can correct.
It benefits students, because they’re hearing things from a different person in perhaps a different way. Sometimes impact is added to the message if it’s delivered differently. Also, when senpai lead, they sometimes do drills or activities that we haven’t done in a while or try something new and that brings variety and growth as well.
I’m very happy that I know I can trust the senpai to lead while I’m gone.