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Dalaran1991
11-10-2012, 04:08 PM
I have no access to a dojo so I can only train with a Yudashan friend who has 16 years of Aikido training. Granted, I respect him as my sempai, but the guy is an attention vampire and a lot of what he says make me really scratch my ear.

Every time we met a girl, he would try to ask if she had some training. If the answer is yes, then he proceeded to say "of course you do, I can figure that out a mile a way just by the way you walk". That has become kinda annoying and confusing to me, because, no pun intended, some of those ladies I think walk like an elephant. The others would say they have only trained for a few months. Other than that he keeps telling me that at a certain level in aikido he can sense the intention of everyone around him and tell with certainty if someone around him has training or not. During training he like to punch me midway when I come in, as I'm always uke. When I said "you are not supposed to do that" he keep saying "you have to sense my energy:grr: :grr: "

Is this just a pile of mumbo-jumbo that a narcissistic Shodan use to try to impress me and other lower ranking people? Or is there some truth to this? I know that aikido is all about situational awareness, but this "sensing the Force" thing sounds like BS to me. And frankly I'm vulnerable to his teaching since I'm only a 4th kyu, so I need to know when he is BSing to make sure I keep that part out of my ears.

Thanks!

Demetrio Cereijo
11-10-2012, 04:13 PM
This kind of sensitivity exists for real. That doesn't imply your instructor has it for real.

Dalaran1991
11-10-2012, 04:25 PM
I would love to hear more about that. My old sensei has been training for 50 years and she said she got her wallet stolen twice. If 50 years of training don't give you the sensitivity to know people are trying to rob you, then I call BS on a shodan training for 16 years and claiming he has it.

Basia Halliop
11-10-2012, 04:52 PM
I don't know whether in theory it's possible or not to read that kind of stuff from body language, etc. I suspect not reliably but I don't really know. Maybe some people can tell some of the time?

BUT either way, the way you're describing your sempai and what he's saying and when, it sounds a lot like showing off. Even if he could tell, to talk about it all the time for no reason sounds silly, like showing off. And to ask someone a question and AFTER they answer to say 'actually, I already knew that' is not so impressive. (And if he only asks it of women and not of men, well...)

Everyone has some faults, though. If he has good skills and is basically a decent guy, this kind of stuff is maybe the kind of thing where it's best to suppress a mental eye roll and just ignore it. Focus on the good stuff, etc. Unless this is just the tip of the iceberg and you really think he's maybe not such a good guy or not so skilled.

Demetrio Cereijo
11-10-2012, 05:01 PM
I would love to hear more about that.
You can start here: http://psychology.about.com/od/nonverbalcommunication/a/nonverbaltypes.htm

My old sensei has been training for 50 years and she said she got her wallet stolen twice. If 50 years of training don't give you the sensitivity to know people are trying to rob you, then I call BS on a shodan training for 16 years and claiming he has it.
There are people who are "completely deaf", there are people who are not "deaf at all" and everything in between.

Maybe your instructor is a natural born reader of non verbal language who has fallen in a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy (I can read because aikido) or maybe he can't read and is BS'ing you.

I have serious reservations about aikido training as the main cause of his sensibility (if he really has it) to non verbal cues.

Dave de Vos
11-10-2012, 05:08 PM
I think a fairly large percentage of the students and teachers in our dojo believe it's possible to feel the energy and possibly the general nature of the intentions of another person while he is not in their view, not touching and not making obvious sounds.

I'm sceptical myself. I believe some people are very perceptive and I believe that training can improve it, but I don't believe in a 6th sense.

Demetrio Cereijo
11-10-2012, 05:12 PM
Mr. Amdur writes here sometimes, maybe he could explain the issue better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KboCC5483zA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cia3wSkXx6s

Demetrio Cereijo
11-10-2012, 05:16 PM
During training he like to punch me midway when I come in, as I'm always uke. When I said "you are not supposed to do that" he keep saying "you have to sense my energy:grr: :grr: "

I missed that part. It seems the guy needs to take some ukemi from a competent nage, if you know what I mean.

gregstec
11-10-2012, 05:56 PM
I think your sempai might be a bit of a whack job - however, some of the points being discussed here are very real.

Yes, you can feel people's intentions from away - when someone is angry at you, you will know it without any verbalization or contact; you just feel it - conversely, you can tell when people like you as well. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. IMO, it starts with being aware of what is going on around you and being receptive to your feelings. Law enforcement, military, and martial artists should learn to develop this skill - if they don't, best to find a new job or hobby.

As far as telling if someone is a martial artist, law enforcement, or military just by the way they move or act? absolutely can do - I have had extensive association and/or experience in all three of those environments and I can pick all of them out of crowd with just a cursory glance.

Oh, and the book 'Blink' that Ellis talks about in one of those youtube videos, is a fantastic book for info in this area.

Greg

gregstec
11-10-2012, 06:12 PM
I think a fairly large percentage of the students and teachers in our dojo believe it's possible to feel the energy and possibly the general nature of the intentions of another person while he is not in their view, not touching and not making obvious sounds.

I'm sceptical myself. I believe some people are very perceptive and I believe that training can improve it, but I don't believe in a 6th sense.

Hey Dave, believe it and and start learning to develop it :)

Best

Greg

ChrisHein
11-10-2012, 08:06 PM
Sounds like he's providing the opportunity for you to learn every time he hits you on the way home. If you stay attentive, I bet, eventually you'll either:

A, learn how to never give him an opening to hit you.
B, learn to see it coming, and be able to counter.

Once you've achieved either of these, I would start trying to hit him back, and see how he does.

Lot's of very normal things can tell you if someone is going to attack you, it's not mystical. Pay attention and eventually you'll start to see these things. You probably see them now, you just don't pay attention long enough to use them.

good luck.

Dave de Vos
11-10-2012, 08:24 PM
Hey Dave, believe it and and start learning to develop it :)

Best

Greg

Hi Greg,

First things first. I already have all this other stuff to learn ;)

Rob Watson
11-10-2012, 08:29 PM
I have no access to a dojo so I can only train with a Yudashan friend

so I need to know when he is BSing to make sure I keep that part out of my ears.

Thanks!

If you can't tell when your friends are BSing or not you have no hope against real bad folks.

Demetrio Cereijo
11-10-2012, 08:46 PM
Lot's of very normal things can tell you if someone is going to attack you, it's not mystical. Pay attention and eventually you'll start to see these things. You probably see them now, you just don't pay attention long enough to use them.

Let me add that if real violence is not in your environment, identifying clues will be very difficult even if you pay attention, for you would not know what to look for. If you are not a natural you'll need training.

As far as telling if someone is a martial artist, law enforcement, or military just by the way they move or act? absolutely can do - I have had extensive association and/or experience in all three of those environments and I can pick all of them out of crowd with just a cursory glance.

I have a pair of funny anecdotes regarding military people in plain clothes thinking they were unnoticed.

Janet Rosen
11-10-2012, 08:50 PM
If you can't tell when your friends are BSing or not you have no hope against real bad folks.

:D

Many of us based on how/where we grew up and/or professional training can read well enough that it feels like a 6th sense, much as an experienced driver "just knows" when it's safe to make a complex maneuver in traffic...having said that, the OP's "teacher" sounds like he found a handy although probably unsuccessful "pickup line"....

gregstec
11-10-2012, 09:02 PM
Hi Greg,

First things first. I already have all this other stuff to learn ;)

Very true - but the process that helps to develop that 6th sense also helps to develop control of your intent; and we know how important that is in learning that other stuff :)

Greg

GMaroda
11-10-2012, 10:05 PM
I have no access to a dojo so I can only train with a Yudashan friend who has 16 years of Aikido training. Granted, I respect him as my sempai, but the guy is an attention vampire and a lot of what he says make me really scratch my ear.

Every time we met a girl, he would try to ask if she had some training. If the answer is yes, then he proceeded to say "of course you do, I can figure that out a mile a way just by the way you walk". That has become kinda annoying and confusing to me, because, no pun intended, some of those ladies I think walk like an elephant. The others would say they have only trained for a few months.

So what does he say when they say they've only trained a bit or not at all? I know I could tell who has training by asking them first too! I must be magic.

Yes, you can learn to read someone's intent. But it sounds like your friend is an ass with a bad pickup line. Even side show fortune tellers do better. Read up on cold reading (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_reading).

ChrisHein
11-10-2012, 10:14 PM
:D

having said that, the OP's "teacher" sounds like he found a handy although probably unsuccessful "pickup line"....

HA! I was thinking the exact same thing!

SeiserL
11-11-2012, 07:22 AM
I was in a seminar once and was accused of being too pre-emptive.

I said they had started their attack.

Before the hand moves, the elbow moves. Before the elbow moves, the shoulder moves. The shoulder moves because we breathe in before we breathe out an attack. Before we attack, we see an opening and the eye pupil dilates to to minimum emotional arousal and visual recognition. When the eye got darker, I entered.

Learning to read minimal micro-expression is a skill. There even several apps for it. Read Paul Eckman or watch Lie to me. Some call it intuition. Some thinks its skill acquisition.

While I am unsure of an "extra" sense, I do believe we can gain extra-sensitive perception to minimal subtle cues (including on a kinestethic/energetic sense).

Basia Halliop
11-11-2012, 12:15 PM
Before the hand moves, the elbow moves. Before the elbow moves, the shoulder moves. The shoulder moves because we breathe in before we breathe out an attack. Before we attack, we see an opening and the eye pupil dilates to to minimum emotional arousal and visual recognition. When the eye got darker, I entered.

This I can definitely believe. You can often see an attack faster by watching someone's face than by watching their actual hands...

Whether the sempai is randomly punching his junior in a way that's actually useful to the kohai or is just a childish way of saying 'ha ha I'm better than you' is something he'll have to figure out for himself, though. Or of course it could also be both (the motivations might be immature but you could still be able to learn from it).

I also like some of the comments above about learning to tell when people are BSing you! This is a valuable thing to learn to judge.

Michael Douglas
11-11-2012, 12:41 PM
...Is this just a pile of mumbo-jumbo that a narcissistic Shodan use to try to impress me and other lower ranking people?
Having completely understood this rear-end methodology (apart from the hideous seduction angle) do you really need to ask the forum?

Find someone else to train with.
If he had any of the "real deal" he wouldn't be so transparent with the bull and so keen to spew it around.

HL1978
11-11-2012, 02:44 PM
See kizeme.

James Sawers
11-11-2012, 03:13 PM
I sense from way over here that your "teacher" is BS...

Dalaran1991
11-11-2012, 04:24 PM
Well, apparently his methods worked on the ladies... some of the time ;) Not very useful for aikido though. Especially since whenever I ask him how to do this and that his only response is "get better" :confused: :grr: I never ever get a chance to finish a technique because he knows how to kaishi waza out of it, so I never know if I'm getting better or not.

I'm pretty sure I can tell if someone in a bar/night club is about to throw a punch at me. I definitely can not tell when, back when I was training in Paris, my dojomate would sneak up behind me and table-flip or kubisime me. Although their intention was definitely not murderous, so prolly why I can't tell :D ?

I did considered stopped training with him, but that means I'll have to manage alone. Besides, I was wondering if that's simply my bruised ego talking and that I have to come to terms with the fact that there are stuffs in Aikido that I can't understand at this level.

But it seems that if his tutelage doesn't result in anything but frustration, I'm better off just working solo on my tai sabakis. :)

James Sawers
11-11-2012, 04:39 PM
Well, considering the fact that most person-to-person communication is non-verbal (up to 90+% I've read), then if someone can train themselves to consciously be aware of this (as in neuro-linguistic programming, for instance), then they may seem to be of the "Mentalist" type.

Still, from way over here your teacher just seems to be a player. As for his aikido "training", well, that's up to you, but I do not see it as productive.

Demetrio Cereijo
11-11-2012, 07:53 PM
But it seems that if his tutelage doesn't result in anything but frustration, I'm better off just working solo on my tai sabakis. :)
May be you could try a different art. What is available in your area?

Dalaran1991
11-11-2012, 08:04 PM
May be you could try a different art. What is available in your area?

If this was possible, I would have done it a long time ago... When you fall in love with an art, you don't simply let go because of unavailability right?

I started Aikido when I was in Paris last semester. 20 hours per week, every hour not spent in the dojo felt like having an itch. Wonderful Sensei, met the greatest people there and even fell in love with one (didn't work out though:o ) Now I'm going back there next September. I just gotta put up with the current situation until then :)

Demetrio Cereijo
11-11-2012, 08:13 PM
If this was possible, I would have done it a long time ago... When you fall in love with an art, you don't simply let go because of unavailability right?

I don't know. I've only fallen in love with my wife.

Michael Douglas
11-12-2012, 04:44 AM
... I just gotta put up with the current situation until then :)
No you don't.

Where EXACTLY are you?
Forum people are always extremely helpful at finding better Dojos in any location : there's a compulsion!

SeiserL
11-12-2012, 05:27 AM
Well, considering the fact that most person-to-person communication is non-verbal (up to 90+% I've read), then if someone can train themselves to consciously be aware of this (as in neuro-linguistic programming, for instance), then they may seem to be of the "Mentalist" type.
Trained and guilty as charged.

When you know this stuff from a more practical operational skill acquisition perspective and model, I tend to laugh at the more meta-physical ego-inflating explanations.

lbb
11-12-2012, 08:01 AM
If this was possible, I would have done it a long time ago... When you fall in love with an art, you don't simply let go because of unavailability right?

Sure you do. Do you know what the word "unavailability" means? It means it isn't there. If it isn't there, you can't have it. To have it, you must go to it. If you won't go to it, then simply letting go (which you seem to disdain) is the better and wiser course, although it's also the harder course. The easier course is to indulge in comfortable delusions and romantic notions about your striving and dedication and "not letting go". If what you're holding is junk, then letting go is the only thing that makes sense.

I started Aikido when I was in Paris last semester. 20 hours per week, every hour not spent in the dojo felt like having an itch.

Well, I love aikido, but that's not a very functional way to be, unless you've managed to get yourself into an uchideshi program. Perhaps you should pursue that.

Dalaran1991
11-12-2012, 09:36 AM
No you don't.

Where EXACTLY are you?
Forum people are always extremely helpful at finding better Dojos in any location : there's a compulsion!

I live on campus at University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. Thing is, I don't have a car, and public transport here is almost non-existent. I know that there are dojos in the city but I have no way of getting to them :(

Demetrio Cereijo
11-12-2012, 09:56 AM
I live on campus at University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. Thing is, I don't have a car, and public transport here is almost non-existent. I know that there are dojos in the city but I have no way of getting to them :(

The University of Richmond Martial Arts Club is open to all members of the University of Richmond community. A wide variety of martial arts are taught, including Aikido, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do , and more. All skills levels, from beginner to advanced, and all styles, are welcome!
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ggoddu/URMAC/URMAChome.html

Is this your actual club?

Rob Watson
11-12-2012, 02:02 PM
Four dojos from this sites dojo locator are 11.3, 8.3, 8.2 & 7.5 miles away from the U. A bicycle will get you there shortly. Walking will get you there eventually. Running will get you there in less than 2 hours. Just how badly do you want to get there?

Dalaran1991
11-12-2012, 02:17 PM
The University of Richmond Martial Arts Club is open to all members of the University of Richmond community. A wide variety of martial arts are taught, including Aikido, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do , and more. All skills levels, from beginner to advanced, and all styles, are welcome!
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ggoddu/URMAC/URMAChome.html

Is this your actual club?

It is, but that's just marketing. In reality they only do Tang So Do and some half-butt Aikido. Nobody even knows what ukemi is after 3 months of training. I can't do kotegaeshi on any of them because they will break their wrists. Oh, and no mat. :crazy:

Four dojos from this sites dojo locator are 11.3, 8.3, 8.2 & 7.5 miles away from the U. A bicycle will get you there shortly. Walking will get you there eventually. Running will get you there in less than 2 hours. Just how badly do you want to get there?

Really bad.

I thought about running there Tuesday and Thursday. However I need to consider this carefully, cause I'm still a full-time college student. I might just end up trying it out next week. Thanks for the inspirational push. I guess sometimes we just need to decide what we want and make the sacrifice :)

lbb
11-12-2012, 02:37 PM
Really bad.

I thought about running there Tuesday and Thursday. However I need to consider this carefully, cause I'm still a full-time college student. I might just end up trying it out next week. Thanks for the inspirational push. I guess sometimes we just need to decide what we want and make the sacrifice :)

Well, yes...but those words are more than inspiring-sounding rhetoric. "Sacrifice" isn't just talk, it means giving something up, something real. What are you willing and able to sacrifice? The travel time is not significant (a bike will get you to any of those pretty quickly), but can you spend the two or three hours out of your day that you'd need to train? Are your academics good enough that you can afford to do that?

Basia Halliop
11-12-2012, 02:46 PM
The distances don't sound like that big a deal, by bike (my own preferred mode of transportation :) ). And you get cardio training, for free!

I agree though, time may be a factor. You need to figure out how much time you need to do your schoolwork well, what other things you want to do with your remaining time, etc.

I don't think it's 'bad' if you decide you need to focus on other priorities at the moment. But OTOH it certainly looks possible at least in theory to train a couple of times a week elsewhere.

gregstec
11-12-2012, 03:40 PM
I thought about running there Tuesday and Thursday. However I need to consider this carefully, cause I'm still a full-time college student. I might just end up trying it out next week. Thanks for the inspirational push. I guess sometimes we just need to decide what we want and make the sacrifice :)

Why don't you call a few of the dojos that you may want to train with and ask them if they have any students out your way that may be able to help you out with transportation - you could contribute to gas costs, etc. You might be surprised how cooperative and friendly Aikido people are :)

Greg

Travers Hughes
11-12-2012, 04:44 PM
I thought about running there Tuesday and Thursday. However I need to consider this carefully, cause I'm still a full-time college student. I might just end up trying it out next week. Thanks for the inspirational push. I guess sometimes we just need to decide what we want and make the sacrifice :)
What sacrifice? Getting there is part of the training. It is not a sacrifice if you're doing "what you are in love with" (your words - back them up, or quite the melodrama). Go to these classes, or don't. It's your choice. Seems to me like you're after validation of your excuses.
Reality check: There are millions of people in the world that work full time / attend college OR BOTH, and still are able to train / raise families / work second and third jobs etc. What's stopping you from being one of these people? (Not being harsh, there may be a reasonable explanation, but you do need to understand that your difficulties are not so big in the scheme of things...)
Best of luck in your endeavours.

Janet Rosen
11-12-2012, 05:54 PM
Why don't you call a few of the dojos that you may want to train with and ask them if they have any students out your way that may be able to help you out with transportation - you could contribute to gas costs, etc. You might be surprised how cooperative and friendly Aikido people are :)

Greg

My first thought too. Or post something on campus bulletin board.

gregstec
11-12-2012, 06:01 PM
My first thought too. Or post something on campus bulletin board.

Kimchee fueled minds think a like :D

Greg

Janet Rosen
11-12-2012, 07:09 PM
Kimchee fueled minds think a like :D

Greg

How did you know what I had for mid afternoon meal?!:D

Dalaran1991
11-12-2012, 07:51 PM
Just come back from a dojo in the city :) After reading some post here earlier, I decided to screw all this and jump on a bus that would take me down town. There's no bus to go back though and I expected to spend 2 hours to walk back in the night, but I also got 2 hours of training that makes me feel alive. This is what I've been missing for so long. The thrill of the throw, the smoothness of working with aikido people, the rituals and stuff... I should have done this much sooner.

I might think about getting a bike and going there more regularly. Commuting time will take a big chunks out of my studies, but I can no longer study without training anyway.

Funny thing is, my sempai whom I talked about in the OP came to pick me up, got real angry and insisted that I don't do that again. But I know what I want now and what I need to do :)

HL1978
11-12-2012, 08:20 PM
Like i said earlier, look into kizeme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kizeme)as expressed in kendo. Theres a better photo than the one out there which shows the ki expressed between the two non touching opponents. Someone looking a the motion jpeg in that link would probably think its just good waza.

phitruong
11-12-2012, 08:55 PM
I might think about getting a bike and going there more regularly. Commuting time will take a big chunks out of my studies, but I can no longer study without training anyway.


dude! moped! it's in our dna. :)

Janet Rosen
11-12-2012, 09:23 PM
Funny thing is, my sempai whom I talked about in the OP came to pick me up, got real angry and insisted that I don't do that again. But I know what I want now and what I need to do :)

That is SUCH a huge "run away and stay away from him" moment...m.a. should not be a cult, and when it becomes that controlling it means it is primed for abuse.

I bet if you take the bus a couple of times and really show an interest, somebody may be ready and willing to drive you back.:)

Basia Halliop
11-12-2012, 09:29 PM
If you ride a bike there even some of the time, IMO it's time well spent. Great exercise and a little forced time outdoors every day. Depends how much longer it makes your day and what your other options are, but you may find it an efficient way to do more than one thing at once (get somewhere + exercise + relax).

Don't train so much you neglect your schoolwork though -- that would be a waste of the time/money/effort it's taken you to be where you are.

lbb
11-13-2012, 09:06 AM
Commuting time will take a big chunks out of my studies, but I can no longer study without training anyway.

I hope you're merely being dramatic here, and I hope you have the perspective to realize it before you do too much harm to your studies. If not, it sounds like a learning disability, and there are probably resources on campus to help you develop an adaptive learning strategy. No, I'm not being facetious, or making fun of you, or making fun of people with learning disabilities. If you're having trouble with your studies, you should address that head on, find the root of the problem and deal with it. A strategy of avoidance and retreat into more pleasurable activities is a recipe for failure.

It's also possible that college is simply not for you. Again, this is something that should be dealt with head-on, rather than "deciding" by avoidance and ultimately flunking out. There's nothing wrong with deciding not to go to college, unless the reason why is because it's too much work of a type that you don't want to do. Unless you're independently wealthy, you'll get a bellyful of that kind of work in life, and you won't be able to opt out of it like you can get out of organic chem at the add-drop.

Demetrio Cereijo
11-13-2012, 10:00 AM
Funny thing is, my sempai whom I talked about in the OP came to pick me up, got real angry and insisted that I don't do that again. But I know what I want now and what I need to do :)

As I said before, your sempai needs to take a lot of ukemi.

TokyoZeplin
12-30-2012, 08:42 AM
From a scientific point of view (aka, what has actually been proven):

Empathy exists. It exists in everyone except sociopaths/psychopaths/etc. It is the natural ability of a human to be able to connect to another persons feelings. We do this by hearing what they say, judging how they look, and so forth. It is possible for people, with enough experience, to start being able to get an idea of a persons intentions, at times, without actually being told what they are.
Taking this further is what is referred to as instinct or "gut feeling". This is what happens when your mind starts connecting the dots, without you realizing it. This is based on experience and previous encounters of a similar nature.
This is basically what Lynn Seiser described.

With that said, being able to feel a persons energy, without seeing/hearing them, is not possible. Or at least it has never been scientifically proved in the history of human kind. It has been claimed by many, but has yet to be proven. While there is some pseudo-theoretical basis for it (the human brain gives off energy, you could "read" this energy), I would be more than extremely sceptic of anyone claiming such power. But of course, if they are willing to demonstrate it to you, under controlled circumstances, you have a potential Nobel on your hands ;)

osaya
12-30-2012, 06:15 PM
Not very useful for aikido though. Especially since whenever I ask him how to do this and that his only response is "get better" :confused: :grr: I never ever get a chance to finish a technique because he knows how to kaishi waza out of it, so I never know if I'm getting better or not.

i think that this is the punch line of your story.

if your "senpai"/"friend" is only keen on showing off and not allowing you a chance to train or improve, then, the rest of the discussion is moot. even if he was O'Sensei reincarnated and had the skills of Bruce Lee with the powers of Anakin Skywalker--if he's not helping you learn anything aside from putting you down and chasing skirts, then you might learn more training with a mediocre aikidoka who actually cares and is interested to help you learn to your highest capacity. IMHO anyway.

OwlMatt
01-03-2013, 12:37 PM
i think that this is the punch line of your story.

if your "senpai"/"friend" is only keen on showing off and not allowing you a chance to train or improve, then, the rest of the discussion is moot. even if he was O'Sensei reincarnated and had the skills of Bruce Lee with the powers of Anakin Skywalker--if he's not helping you learn anything aside from putting you down and chasing skirts, then you might learn more training with a mediocre aikidoka who actually cares and is interested to help you learn to your highest capacity. IMHO anyway.

This all day. Telling someone to "get better" is not teaching; it's making sure everyone knows who's better already. This guy is to be avoided for that in and of itself--the ESP mumbo-jumbo just makes it worse.

Krystal Locke
01-03-2013, 03:45 PM
Bad sempai, worse friend.