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Old 02-27-2014, 11:34 AM   #8
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,192
Re: Selfish people in the dojo

It's up to newbies to chase down the experienced people and pair up with them, and it's up to experienced people to work with newbies. It's up to everyone to work with everyone. It's NOT up to you to try to cover for your fellow experienced students' failings.

Also, maybe I'm in a philosophical mood today, but seems to me that a situation like this is an opportunity for growth if the dojo embraces it. It's a chance to grow together, to start seeing your practice as the collective endeavor that it is, and to notice all kinds of things that reveal themselves in that new light. If people open themselves up to that, their aikido will grow, and it'll be noticeable -- much more so than if they selfishly concentrate on "getting better" by only practicing with those they deem worthy.
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