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Old 03-11-2015, 11:12 AM   #19
kewms
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Re: Do You Go To Seminars Outside Your Style?

FWIW, my current teacher attends seminars outside his style regularly, and encourages his students to do the same.

It's not "either/or," it's "both/and." That is, I am still learning plenty from my current teacher, but still find other perspectives valuable.

The idea of long-term loyalty to a single teacher assumes, among other things, that the student is willing and able to seek out the best possible teacher in the first place. Most beginners don't know what they're looking for, wouldn't necessarily recognize top-level instruction if they tripped over it, and certainly aren't willing to up-end their lives and travel across the country for it. It takes some experience -- including experience outside one's own lineage -- to begin to understand what the possibilities are and what one might want to look for.

Katherine
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