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Old 09-05-2006, 07:17 AM   #16
Mike Sigman
Location: Durango, CO
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 4,123
Re: Internal & External strength discussion

Gernot Hassenpflug wrote:
How well must one know the basics of a field before one can put together something of general value for beginners? A difficult question...but not as difficult as the same question for writing something aimed at fellow experts!
Exactly. I think the number of people who know little but pose a lot has done a lot to give me a soured viewpoint about much of western martial hierarchies. If I wrote something, I'd have to be satisfied that it indeed would help beginners, but at the same time I wouldn't want to imply that I'm an expert. I know some real experts and what they can do.... I'd never expose myself to their silent laughter by pretending to be something I wasn't. I would hope that all other "teachers" would feel the same way and understand that it's the respect of the experts that is important, not the respect of peer group or the beginners.


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