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Old 03-12-2014, 12:08 PM   #5
Rupert Atkinson
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Re: Do we train enough to understand our art's meaning and philosophy?

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
A related thought: I have a dojo-mate who really struggles with weapons kata. Her way of training with weapons is distinctive: she talks her way through it, with a verbal description of everything that's happening -- not only that, but a full-on narrative that also includes her mental state: "...oh, wait, no, that's not right, I was thinking about x instead of y." A few months back, I said to her, "Have you tried doing this without talking? Because honestly, I think the talking is getting in your way."
We all learn in different ways, but what will probably happen in the future, if she starts to teach, is that she will probably teach it the same way - talk, talk, talk, explaining every detail (getting half of it wrong too) to the extent that no one wants to listen. I have seen this done many, many times. Drives me nuts.

Just do it!

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