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Old 05-20-2004, 09:59 AM   #22
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 632
Re: The Nage/Uke Dynamic - Guidelines

David Valadez wrote:
Dear All,

It would be great if you could let me know how, when, and where - so that we could keep in touch.

Kindest regards,
David M. Valadez
Dear Mr. Valadez:

The polite manner in which you engaged in this conversation is greatly appreciated.

I regret that you must depart just as a number of posters here and on the AJ Board have begin to hone in on certain apparent implications and presuppositions of your guidelines (what precisely is a "traditional dojo," what is the precise nature of the traditional "sempai/kohai relationship" and its relevance outside Japanese culture, what is the relationship between seniority and technical skill, and the like), but you seem to have constraints which prevent further engagement in this fuller discussion.

Perhaps if you were to include in your profile some information as to precisely what, "how, when, and where" you teach, those individuals with an interest in how these guidelines play out in practice would be better able to observe a class and reach their own conclusions based on what they see.

That is, after all, where the rubber meets the road.

Best regards,

Fred Little
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