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Old 03-07-2005, 04:15 AM   #23
Dojo: none at the moment
Location: Wuhan, Hubei
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 44
Re: multiple teachers in one dojo

Charles, those are good comments. Yes, in Japan, I do as the Romans do, er, wait, as the Japanese do. In the outward sense of things, yes, I give a nod to rank. But I don't think things would change terribly if we all wore shorts and t-shirts to class and had no ranks. Peter would still be running the show (ego stroke: he's a first-class teacher) and I would still be enjoying myself and we as a class would still be learning and growing. But you're right, these are not Japanese sensibilities, but when people come together to workout and improve I've found a lot of cultural tendencies tend to be tossed out.
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