Introduction to Episode

In this episode, Michelle sits down with David Scheer, dedicated community member, Odd Fellow, and Aikido Instructor. 

Podcast Episode Summary

David discusses his teaching philosophies and how they integrate into all aspects of his work. He shares stories of how he learned to be a great teacher, modeled after his own great teacher. He shared his respect for history of how techniques have been developed and shared over time. He integrates care a consistent care through all the lessons. He shares how he has realistic expectations working with kids and doesn’t see them as “good or bad”. 


“If you have a great teacher, you will have a good experience and get really good at what you are studying.”

“The two rules of Aikido are to teach, number one, correctly and, number two, kindly.”

“We do not study [Aikido techniques] to become bullies… but to enrich our lives, enrich our relationships, and to use them to take care of ourselves and keep ourselves safe.”

“How can you ever teach a child to be able to focus if you never give them distractions where they the opportunity to choose which of these stimuli they can focus in on?”

“Aikido is really about fitting with others and brining about the most harmonious situation in areas and times when things aren’t that great.”

“You don’t reach perfection until it’s impossible for you to improve. And, as long as you are still alive, it’s possible for you to improve.”

Recommended Resources

Learn more about David’s work with Aikido at

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