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Old 08-28-2011, 09:57 AM   #46
Mary Eastland
 
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Re: Pompous Baffoons

I don't have to approve of someone to be able to learn from them. For me, ( just for me...I am not saying what others should do), each opportunity of each time on the mat provides a new experience. By labeling someone as this or that I am depriving myself of the now.

People are complex. With some understanding this guy might be fun to train with. I had a student who I really couldn't stand. He was very difficult. He helped me become a good teacher by questioning me, doubting me and being noticeably different to Ron.
I don't miss him a bit and yet I am very grateful to him. Did he ruin my Aikido experience? No, he enhanced it.
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