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Three days till Christmas and there is snow falling in west Texas! I love it! Nothing like snow to make the world seems new and different, especially in a desert area llike ours.
In other news, I've been reading my sensei's thread about frauds in the world of aikido. It amazes me that some people would compare O'Sensei's starting a (now) major martial art to some people in the world who study TKD, Judo, ninjutsu or whatever for a couple years and then run off to start their own art... compare that guy to O'Sensei?
What a joke.
You have only to look and listen to O'Sensei's direct students to know that M. Ushiba knew what he was doing.
You have only to watch the video footage that does exist to know he knew what he was doing.
You have only to actually READ the biographical information on O'Sensei to know that these upstarts in the world are a joke compared to The Man.
Who are we to think that after five or even 10 years in any or varied martial arts... to think that we can then run off and start our own organization and be taken seriously? Even Stephen Hayes was in the military as well as a serious student of a Grand Master for well over 10 (I don't know exactlly) years before even considering starting his own study and organization. He is FAR more qualified than 99% of the jokers out in the world and even HE catches a lot of hell and isn't taken seriously by many. S. Hayes is worthy of resepect. You might not like him or care for what he teaches, but he is a worthwhile instructor with much to share... like him or not.
My sensei has been at it for over 15 years and admits to being a student of aikido. Who the hell isn't? Only those with an inferiority complex and wanting to use the "ability" to make money and build a reputation that they do not deserve.
Personally, for me to ever teach, it would only be under a teacher far greater than myself and never on my own. I don't ever see me opening up a dojo to go into business.
O'Sensei dedicated his entire LIFE to the study of what became Aikido. How many in the world today can say the same? Only a handful if that...