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Old 08-31-2005, 09:21 PM   #8
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Re: Aikido survivors (Voices of Experience)

How do you not know that they are not putting in their best.
Because she is talking about "going through the motions" (her words) This does not evoke the feeling of "doing their best".
Everyone has their own path to follow
And not all lead through Aikido.
Someone wouldn't go to class if they didn't want to be there no one is forcing them to show up
. Wanna bet? I can't count the times I've seen someone "going through the motions" when it was obvious that they would rather have been somewhere else. Open your eyes.
It's not me to judge.
Train with somebody whose mind is somewhere else, and then tell me that, especially if you (or they) get injured.

What you are missing is that I am not talking about who is better or more able. I am talking about dedication, without which you should not train, regardless of whether you are able to get yourself to the dojo. Big deal. You owe it to yourself, your teacher, and your fellow students to not be on the mat without your best attitude, and purpose, any more than you should be behind the wheel without maximum sobriety. Not gonna walk the walk? Stay home. "Going through the motions" does not cut it, and I hope your Sensei is wise enough to see it this way. If he does not expect more than that from you, it is regrettable.
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