Re: White Knuckling Tradition or Not
Depends who I'm with. Aikido, being a community practice, one must learn to get along with fellow practitioners at dojo, seminars, etc. I'm a die hard traditionalist at heart, but I'll adjust myself to certain degrees in order to make my training partner feel more comfortable. When I get with like minded practitioners, I train and act with them in that manner, train extremely vigorously, and take things very seriously....and have an awesome time. Now, regardless of whom I'm training with I still have some personal training philosophy crossover; the way I bow, O toku, level of concentration, etc...whatever eccentric traditionalism I can get away with without confusing people or making them feel uncomfortable.