This week was special for me. I was invited to the Ottawa study group to spend a few hours with them and share the information from last weeks Superlegs session in Toronto. The major difference was the size of the group.The study group leader in Ottawa is Sandra Troster Diaz. See if you can find her in the picture 🙂 .
Her students were waiting and ready when I arrived. They were attentive and eager to learn, and I noticed a distinct difference in the way the information was handled due to it being a smaller group.
I was better able to customize the session for them as it was much easier to see what each person was doing. I could then make adjustments to the way I delivered the information based as closely as possible to the needs of each one of them. “Serving others according to their needs” is among the four virtues that we recite at the end of every session. A smaller group is easier and therefore better served.
They were shown a lot of information in a short time with the intention being that they could work on it with Sandra in subsequent classes. Again, this is the result of a smaller group since I could zero in on what would be the most helpful concepts to enable them to make some progress in the art. They asked good questions too and that also helped with the learning. Their interest and curiosity reminded me that the learning is not from me to them. Rather, it happens between us with a smart give and take.
As you see, there were different sizes, ages, and shapes. This is always the case of course, and I was really pleased that they noticed the need to adapt the skill they were working on depending on the height of their partner. This is an important lesson for everyone to learn. Adaptation to one’s circumstances is crucial to being able to use Jiulong. So as they figured out how to do that in this limited example of height differences, they made a big step in the right directions.
More can be said about these fine people, but this post would go on and on. I will say that the day came to an end all too soon. Frankly, everyone was having such a good time that we all were left wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Ottawa folks and look forward to seeing their progress.