Rob Liberti wrote:
Mike - As a side issue, I could introduce your friend to a couple native Japanese instructors who actually prefer training the foreigners because they are so dedicated to have flown all the way to Japan and live there out of their desire to learn budo.
Oh, I agree... I said I thought he was painting with too broad a brush. Still, I take his meaning in general. Both Taiji and Aikido can be a bit wearing with the high-percentage of wannabelieves. Check out this clip of pseudo-taichi'ers if you want to feel a little better about what goes on in Aikido: