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Old 05-01-2002, 02:35 PM   #40
Jonathan
Dojo: North Winnipeg Aikikai
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 242
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Peter R and others who think I have over-reacted to Jim V:

I have no problem with an emphatic statement -- exclamation points don't trouble me. What does bother me is being called stupid, however obliquely, by someone who has an opposing point of view. If Jim V. favors a less rigorous style of training than I, great. There is no need, though, for him to express his opinion in a way that denigrates me personally.

By the way, my shihan is not a "rapist", nor is he a bully. He is, IMO, a truly excellent aikidoka and a very likeable person. While his teaching is sometimes a little medieval, I accept it because I believe his intentions are to toughen and develop a fighting spirit within his students.

"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
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