The reason some shihan can just phone in their seminar performances is that most people can't tell the difference anyway. I admire the shihan like Endo or Kuribayashi, who go around throwing everyone just to give them the correct feel. Maybe 1 in 20 of the people they are throwing will get it; the rest will go on muscling the technique and insisting on their old habits. But I admire a shihan who will make the effort despite knowing it is mostly wasted.
I agree shihans should be more accountable for the quality of their teaching. But the weakness begins with us, who only want to be able to boast that, "I've trained with X, Y and Z." The retort is, unfortunately: "Yes, and you came back with your aikido completely unchanged."
Last edited by raul rodrigo : 04-23-2007 at 10:42 PM.