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Old 04-27-2006, 12:19 PM   #11
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Re: Being your own teacher

There is a game in the US where a group of people (usually children in school or at camp) repeat the same story in from one person to the next person, at the conclusion of the storyline (no pun intended), the last person then repeats the story aloud for the group to hear. The initial storyteller then repeats the initial story and the two are copmared for accuracy. The stories often differ considerably.

Aikido has a lineage, with a clear origination and no end in sight. As aikidoka, we are charged with learning everything that our instructors teach, and then develop our own aikido to pass on to those that come after. Is it possible to learn everything your instructor knows and also learn beyond your instructor? Probably not, but that should not prevent us from trying.

Much of the danger the initial post threatens is related to losing key knowledge about aikido. Aikido is personal and each student is personally responsible for passing on correct aikido teachings; every time a student passes along bad aikido that knowledge base becomes weaker, every time a student passes along good aikido that knowledge base becomes stronger.

The question that lies before all of us is "do I wish to construct aikido, or destruct aikido?" We answer that question every day when we train. If we train properly, we construct aikido to perpetuate the art while preserving the training of antiquity.

While keeping in mind that much of our initial instruction is derived from a teacher, the advancement of the art remains with the exploration and development of individual aikido for the art to remain current alive and vibrant. O'Sensei's teachnings may have referred to this concept.

Last edited by jonreading : 04-27-2006 at 12:22 PM. Reason: spellin'
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