First I am sure your senseis are all you describe and secondly, if you read my post, I also did not read the book initially because of reports I heard. Of course I also only commented on the book after I read it.
The Christopher Ross review (just look under Books) is a very interesting one written by a man who was there
. His descriptions of the whys and wherefors of Twigger basically agreed with my impressions - including the Kancho death dance. Have you read his review?
A lot of what Twigger describes resonated with my experience (more in my review - did you read that?). In this respect I differ from Peter Goldsbury in that I got more out of the book then just a golly gee look at Japan. He writes well, offers a perspective on something unusual, and considering at the time I was suffering from considerable pain and frustration from over-training gave me something that I easily relate to.
By the by - I found it very refreshing that he did let it all hang out. So many martial art journey books read like the author is some sort of monk. If you ever get to train in Japan be prepared for a few surprises.
Bryan Siekierko (aikido_fudoshin) wrote:
I know two people that were in the senshusei course with Robert Twigger, they are both my sensei's. They both have the same opinion on the book, and on Robert Twigger. They both feel they were poorly portraited in the book. I am basing my understanding of the book and Robert Twigger upon what they told me, and I have no reason to doubt anything they say since they are both intelligent, whole hearted, and truthful people. I have no reason to doubt them or the experience they had with Robert Twigger. They arent the only ones with this view either.
If the stories about him are true,(ex. jumping for joy upon hearing of Gozo Shiodas death) then I have absolutely no respect for him or anyone that shows this kind indignity.