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Takumi
04-02-2007, 09:46 AM
I recently saw a post using the term Junior Aikidoist (or something like it) and it brought a question to mind.

When does one stop feeling/being a beginner/junior and start being considered something more?

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:ki:
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Nafis Zahir
04-02-2007, 09:53 AM
If you truly study a budo such as Aikido, then you never do. Always keep a beginners mind and always be a student.

Takumi
04-02-2007, 10:02 AM
Hm. I like your point.

Thank you.

SeiserL
04-02-2007, 11:13 AM
IMHO, allow others to think of you as something more, but always think of yourself as a beginner. Always look forward to being a beginner on the next level of training and keep progressing.

James Davis
04-02-2007, 11:15 AM
When does one stop feeling/being a beginner/junior and start being considered something more?

:ai:
:ki:
:do:

When some damn kid calls you "sir".:grr:

:p

Largo
04-02-2007, 12:02 PM
When the advice you give actually works

Roman Kremianski
04-02-2007, 12:45 PM
After you've beaten up a total of 50 people, then you have moved on to the next stage...

Or what Lynn Seiser said.

crbateman
04-02-2007, 01:36 PM
Keeping the beginner's mind will prevent you from feeling too self-important, and will allow you to absorb valuable knowledge, regardless of the source. When others begin to think of you as more than a beginner is entirely up to them, and you shouldn't worry too much about it.