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Old 11-19-2005, 07:17 AM   #48
Ed Shockley
Dojo: aikikai of Philadelphia
Location: philadelphia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 84
Re: How serious a teacher are you?

"A teacher is always there and always cheerful." John Stevens
So many revelations occur by creating a safe and encouraging environment in which people can practice that John Stevens' advice seems to fill most needs. New Year's eve we do misogi practice with Henry Smith Sensei (6th dan) in Philadelphia. It is always a single technique, suwari waza non stop for one hour in complete silence. Somewhere around throw number one hundred Aikido starts teaching all by itself. The same thing happens when we do five hundred or more bokken cuts. All of the posts have been filled with marvelous advice but O'Sensei's brilliance seems to be embedded in the art that we practice and is communicated to the diligent student because of or in spite of our efforts.
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