Re: 078) The Teacher: February 2011
Your comments add the real weight of responsibility that you have in carrying on the traditions and teachings of a ryu. Having had the real honor of meeting and training with you on several occasions, I consider any student of Shindo Yoshin Ryu to be very lucky indeed. I danced around the implications of deficits in interpersonal functioning that we both are talking about, because I try to keep a healthy degree of separation between my life as a psychologist and as an Aikidoka. The problems that result from trying to maintain relationships with the kind of people that we discussed are typically substantial and simply not worth a person's time, money and efforts.
Thank you for your kind words. All I can say is that I try to be a good teacher. I hope that I can succeed some of the time and am thankful to the people who serve as models and teachers to me so that I can always work on improving myself as a student and teacher.