Re: Are you pushing?
What's particularly interesting to me about these discussions is how much personal responsibility it puts back onto the individual practitioner to do the work, level set with his/her teacher, get out and meet other people (another form of level setting), then get back to doing the work. To me, anyway, this doesn't violate anything that I consider to be BUDO, in that it's still a matter of martial-based movement/training utilized for personal development, but it does give me more of a stake and ownership in the matter, rather than assuming that twenty years down the line somewhere, I just "may" get it . . .