Thread: Sensei?
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #71
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Re: Sensei?

Keith Larman wrote: View Post
I have been looking but have been unable to find an old story. It was about a western fella walking in to a room in Japan. There he sees Japanese men wearing jeans, western shirts, cowboy hats, boots, spurs with a gun belt slung low. They walk around kind of bow legged saying "Howdy" and "pardner". Then they get together and practice their fast draw techniques in all sorts of different ways with their toy guns.

All meant to compare and contrast with typical westerners all dressed up in Japanese garb practicing their sword drawing techniques while using (and sometimes torturing) Japanese terms.

How much is "playing the part" and how much is "real" practice?
The Japanese "cowboys" probably looked like this:

He's a participant in "Fast Draw" competitions in Japan..
Now.. do they call their teachers "sensei?" or "Sherrif"?

Inocencio Maramba, MD, MSc
Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui
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