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12-12-2001, 02:22 PM
hi every body,
i have a problem, and i went help please:
i practice aikido since 2years, in the same dojo. now i would like to change, to see another sensei, another method to learn..but in the same time i can't let my first sensei, cause i feel something like fidelity for him.
He gave me many things during this 2years and i feel that i must stay with him for giving all this for the new aikidoka..
please tell me what do you think?
thank you.

12-12-2001, 03:13 PM
In my aikido career I have had 3 senseis. The first one introduced me to the art and I trained with him for 3 years. I learned a lot from him, but I knew that at some point I would need to move on because I felt that he could only take me up to a certain level. I felt bad leaving this teacher because I too felt loyalty.

My next sensei I trained with for about 3 years also, and he helped take me to the next level. In this level I got to really know my current sensei better. I did not feel bad leaving this instructor, because I haven't really left. We work together in helping to spread Aikido in South Texas. When I became an instructor, my sensei became someone else on a different level.

I will continue learning from my current sensei until he or I are no longer here! I have found the man that I can learn from - it seems like forever.

I want to mention that throughout my entire Aikido career I have attended seminars from my current sensei. My first teacher started with my current sensei then split out on his own. My second teacher also started out with my current sensei. He & I get along great and we help each other with our respective dojos. Through his help I was able to begin teaching and through this I eventually became the student of my current sensei.

So, in a nutshetll, you need to find the sensei that you feel you need to be with at your current state of aikido. If you are lucky, you can find that great teacher on your first try, otherwise keep trying - but don't give up on the art.

Good Luck in your search.

12-12-2001, 09:37 PM
Believe me, there is no problem in changing your dojo. Your sensei will understand that and will be happy for you. Loyalty is not about staying in a room which is too small for you. It is in the heart. It is a kind of gratitude that you feel for your sensei for the rest of your life, regardless of the distance that separates you.

12-12-2001, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Edward
It is in the heart. It is a kind of gratitude that you feel for your sensei for the rest of your life, regardless of the distance that separates you.

12-12-2001, 11:01 PM
Thank you, shihonage...

12-12-2001, 11:17 PM
You're welcome :)

12-13-2001, 12:05 AM

Just to throw in my 2 cents, my first sensei (not in aikido) encouraged me to go out and learn what I can from other teachers/styles, especially after I got kicked upstairs into the dan ranks. In other words, he encouraged me to cross-train, and did not bat an eye when I went through my kung fu fightin' stage...

Indeed, now that I am not under his tutelage, and am practicing a different(?) art, I still feel a loyalty towards him that perhaps would not have existed if he subscribed to the notion that his art was the "one true way." Perhaps it is the mark of a good sensei that he/she encourages you to find out what else is out there, and perhaps switch dojos if it comes to that.

Just some rambling on a SLOW business day...