Friend or foe
How many times have you trained with people who considered themselves superior in skill, or technical more proficientin Aikido, but when your turn came and you were more proficient they scowled or har rumph off to another training partner?
I often get this with new black belts, or those wearing hakama's as a sign of their training or proficiency. I would rather they smile and extend their hand in friendship, as I often do when we connect with the flow of a technique, but then I encounter the scowlers who have bad feelings.
How often do you smile, and become friends with those people who cannot laugh as the fun of practice, and should we make an effort to have sensei or more people intercede to enlighten their practice to more than a proficiency or a caste system within Aikido's ranks?