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Old 10-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #78
Peter Boylan
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Re: Can you truly understand budo without training in Japan?

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Philip Zeplin-Frederiksen wrote: View Post
Ah, I seem to have slightly misunderstood you, when you said "function in", sorry about that!
If I understand you correctly now, you meant the difference between "understanding" and "becoming", correct? For instance, with proper study, I can understand the mind of a psychopath, but that doesn't mean I can just become a psychopath myself (I may well be able to act like one, if needed, but it isn't "me", so to speak).
Is that correct?
Pretty much. Becoming as smooth and comfortable with Japanese custom and culture as someone who grew up in it is quite a task.

Peter Boylan
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