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Old 06-20-2003, 01:34 PM   #9
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837

John Stevens once told me that he would come into practice late due to work and travel and sometimes find his teacher, Shirata Rinjiro Shihan, all alone practicing by himself. Stevens Sensei was sure that there were a number of times that when he couldn't make it, Shirata Shihan had no students. This was a top student of the Founder, pre and post-war, who was ranked at 9th dan. So, try not to worry about it (although easier said than done) and just keep doing your best.

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