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Old 11-19-2008, 02:59 PM   #78
jennifer paige smith
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Re: Hakama for non-yudansha

Graham Butt wrote: View Post
Hey, Jen.

i still believe it should be for yudansha.

I'm thinking of a short story by my former teacher, Terry Dobson Sensei.
It goes like this:
"Once I was sobbing on the mat because this old man refused to do things the way I thought they should be done. Because I was a beginner and because I thought there was one way to do it. And by God, he wasn't doing it well."

Well, Terry died with a different perspective from the one he started with. Through time, experience and the acceptance of inevitability, he brought us this lesson from the end of his own life as an illustration of how he had grown and as an inspiration for how we can too. He did it with a lot of humor. I do what I can to maintain mine. I hope you can, too.


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