Brad Medling (ikkitosennomusha) wrote:
Aikido is regarded as the "true" budo.
Only by a certain type of Aikidoist. Certain others think the offending quote is a mis-translation.
With the attitude expressed it is no wonder people with previous Budo experience leave. The idea of the expandable cup
does not require someone to ignore ones prior training.
In my limited experience - people with a previous Budo background are more
likely to stay.
That little rant out of the way I think that the idea of empty cup
refers to an approach to a new experience rather than a constant entity. Of course your cup can never be empty but the attitude is important when you go to learn from a teacher. Exploration comes at your own time.