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Old 05-11-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 286
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Re: Teaching Aikido, an Aiki perspective

Francis,

I can only repeat what I've already said. I've written to you before that my teachers were Bill Sosa Sensei, and Rod Kobayashi Sensei, both of whom credit Isao Takahashi in their lineage. I also name Henry Kono as a strong influence. These are people with whom I've spent time on the mat, had a personal relationship with, and who were not figments of my imagination. As for attributes, see my earlier comments.

Of course, I also try to learn from everyone else, whether they or more full of knowledge than me or less, whether living or dead, whether real or imaginary.

As for me, I try sincerely to fill myself with the knowledge received from my teachers and wherever else, so that it may not be lost, and may be of benefit to some others. At the same time, I look at the magnitude of all there is yet to learn, so I sincerely try to make an empty space in myself so that I can always be open to learning more.

What about you? Do you consider yourself full of knowledge? Empty? Or both?
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