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Old 06-20-2007, 09:17 AM   #17
Mike James
Dojo: New School Aikido
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 24
Re: dojo head bans students from training with another teacher (ex student)

I agree with Edward. I feel that the more teachers I can train with, especially with different styles and philosophies, makes my understanding of Aikido deeper and my technique broader. I have more to draw from when executing a technique, and bring more to the mat when I train with my partners. Sharing what I've learned allows others I train with to decide if they like the diversity or not, and to incorporate it into their technique or not. If they like it ... fine. If not ... that's fine too. At least they have the option to decide without having to leave their friends and dojo in the process. That there's so much diversity of how to do the SAME technique is one of the things I love most about practicing Aikido!

masakatsu agatsu