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Old 08-19-2009, 03:07 AM   #26
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Re: Training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Experiences

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John Matsushima wrote: View Post
Instead, you walk in with your own expectations, with your head held high and became offended because you hit your head on the door.
He was disappointed, not offended.

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First of all I don't understand why foreigners get so offended to hear the word "gaijin" in their presence.
Because it has a negative connotation?

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Why don't you speak Japanese????
Do you speak the language of every country you visit? If I visit the main dojo of the international organization that is the Aikikai, why would I need to speak Japanese?

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So, you visited someone else's dojo, you should be grateful that they even let you on the mat and took any time at all to attempt to teach you anything. Learn to have some gratitude and respect, especially when you are in someone else's house.
As far as I know he did not go to Doshu to complain about the crappy atmosphere in his dojo. He made a post on Aikiweb, described his experience and asked how visiting Hombu Dojo was for other people. You seem to confuse having gratitude and respect with abandoning critical thought and information gathering.
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