Re: When did you stop being a beginner in Aikido?
Saying you are always a beginner is cheating, using a philosophical point. Of course we all strive for shoshin.
But it's such a common thing to do among instructors and traditional martial artists that in and of itself it becomes a form of bragging. How did you earn the right to be so modest? If modesty is an indication of mastery, aren't you just saying "hey look how advanced I am"? Rather than modesty, it's just dishonesty.