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Old 12-23-2007, 04:12 PM   #41
Dojo: Nishin Kan
Location: Herzliya
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 171
Re: The aura of invincibility and the cult of personality

Kevin Leavitt wrote: View Post
Only meant it to be a "thinking statement", to consider and ponder introspectively.
This seems to be slightly off topic so I'll have to make do with agreeing and thanking you for clarifying what you had in mind.

On topic, I I know from other sports I participate or have participated in, that charisma is not enough to make up for obviously inferior skills in order to create a group of participants around someone. However, in most martial arts and Aikido in particular, I find that it's hard to tell apart between genuine skill and showmanship, and even a skilled instructor may not be martially effective. Perhaps that's why the martial arts field seems more susceptible to personality cults?
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