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Old 02-24-2004, 02:18 AM   #29
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Dojo: Shodokan Honbu (Osaka)
Location: Himeji, Japan
Join Date: Mar 2001
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I suggest you both are mis-reading what I am writting - excuse me for not being clear.
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Peter Rehse: Firstly, I will admit that when I read your reply, the Eyebrow of Cynicism went up, especially when you asked, 'Did you just lay there and wait to get stepped on?'. It is not my intention to quibble over details, but rather to make all relevant factors known.
It was a valid question. I've seen this happen, I've done it. Mind you it was a wipe out skiing but I moved out of the way much slower than I could have and paid the price. I was trying to understand why she was blamed. There are always two sides to any view.
Regarding your dojo environment -- I've noticed the location you're posting from, and I think I can reasonably say that the standard of training is quite different over here, both in style and societal mindset. I'm not saying either is bad, merely different enough that they can't be compared on equal footing. You are truly fortunate to have a place in which your students mesh well.
I can tell you that there are more slight, shy, Budo inexperienced women in my dojo here than my first dojo in Quebec. There was one that had arms like twigs - the practice was too much for her health in the end but she did last four months. Go to the web site and look at the picis.
When you said 'You can train hard without causing injury', I was in complete agreement; however, we are discussing a newbie who didn't yet know anything well enough *to* train hard, certainly not the way to which you appear accustomed.
Each according to their level - I thought I was clear about that. I am positively anal about safety.
Quote: '...a student who doesn't recognize the danger signs.' While Selkie is far from stupid, I'm not sure how she'd be able to do this when she has no basis for comparison. This was her first experience with martial arts.
Now you are being selective. In that same paragraph I indicated that I thought common sense was enough. Its only an opinion - yours may differ.

I did say that if she feels unsafe she shouldn't practice there. Yes my attitude is good bye and good riddance but it works both ways. You can not expect to find a perfect match your first try and you definately can't expect a club to conform to your needs.

I refuse to say this dojo is bad or terrible based on one side of the story. I welcome anyone into the dojo, I take incrediable care of my charges, but I teach Budo not therapy. I know that I am not alone in the latter view. Am I being unfair to suggest this is what the post is all about? Perhaps but it is the feeling I get.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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