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Old 01-25-2006, 12:14 AM   #30
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Re: should there be an age for black belts?

This thread has morphed a bit hasn't it?

I infinitely more prefer to train with someone who is my peer or greater in athleticism, skill, and yehaaa factor. I'll easily sacrifice athleticism for skill but that's about it. I do Aikido for primarily selfish reasons. Sorry is that not politically correct?

Sure I can still get benefit from lower ranked individuals but there comes a point where I don't. However, if I have any hope of having those who could help me most continue to put out, working with raw beginners is something I have to do. It's called payback.

On the other hand - I enjoy teaching and being an all round nice guy . But that is a different matter altogether (there is also a certain amount of understanding that one gains through explanation).

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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