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Old 02-15-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
hughrbeyer
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Re: Reigo Sa Ho, an Aiki Perspective Revisited

There seems to be an odd twist on the Japanese character I haven't figured out yet. On the one hand, they're supposed to be super-conformists. On the other hand, there are a number of situations where they seem to demand much less conformity than I'd expect. Examples:

* The various deshi of O-Sensei taking aikido in their own directions
* There's a great video of O-Sensei leading warmups before class. He's going through a series of exercises. About half the class is following along, some in sync, some not. The rest of the class is doing their own exercises, horsing around, random stuff.
* Your point on teachers' attitude towards etiquette in their class.

Any perspective on what's up with this?
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