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I was eating lunch at the cafeteria in Sophia University in Tokyo, it was the Yotsuya campus. A fellow Aikidoka from the Sophia University Aikido group asked me a question about Aikido...Can't really remember what it was, or maybe I don't want to...but I do remember him all of the sudden telling me that I knew nothing of Aikido.
I didn't say anything, just kept quite, and thought to myself; wow, I train 5 hours a day, spend 8 in the library reading books about Aikido, Zen, Budo, etc... I never really see this guy train, mostly on social occasions, and he is telling me I know nothing of Aikido.
I just kept quite, and thought to myself, this guy is an idiot. Maybe he feels insecure around me and has to try and verbally put me down so he can feel better. Maybe he's just delusional.
Anyhow, I just walked away, a bit upset that I had to deal with him. For him to ask me an opinionated question, then put me down the way he did.
Funny though, because this was the very first time it happened, but has prepared me in a strange way, for the multitude of times it has happened since, and still I just keep quite, turn away and continue to improve my Aikido.