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Old 12-15-2009, 07:53 PM   #9
Rob Watson
Location: CA
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 697
Re: The Limiting Factor in a Student's Training

This lowly shodan deigns to offer that the road to mastery begins by asking ones self "what shall I do to get better?". What have I done this year to improve? What have I done today to improve? What am I doing this hour to improve? What am I doing this moment to improve?

Those not on the road to mastery need not concern themselves with such matters.

When every waking moment is filled with the drive to improve there is mastery to be had by simply doing something to improve in every waking moment. Any less is a cheat to ones self and the same flows to ones peers and ones students.

Not many have the drive, ambition and audacity to dare to be better than their teacher - much less the best period. This is not the blatant action of ego but total self sacrifice to the art. A truly high calling indeed. The phrase "one in a million" is apropos if not wildly optimistic!

The limiting factor in a students training is the student. Certainly true in my case.

"In my opinion, the time of spreading aikido to the world is finished; now we have to focus on quality." Yamada Yoshimitsu

Ultracrepidarianism ... don't.
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