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Old 10-10-2003, 07:26 AM   #26
Nick P.
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Dojo: Sukagawa Aikido Club of Montreal
Location: Montreal
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 639
Kensho Furuya wrote:
Nantembo, a Zen master, used to say, "If you answer me correctly, or get it wrong, you still get whacked with my staff either way!"
THAT is a great quote!
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Old 10-10-2003, 08:36 AM   #27
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
~~There have been some wonderful insights and sharing recently on this thread, most about why teachers might not answer questions or interact except in a kata fashion during class; why watching is also learning, etc. And I agree with nearly all of these sentiments BUT...the question was 'Are you encouraged to ask?'. No, I do not feel encouraged to ask. So by now I'd pretty much given up any idea of accessing my two teachers directly, although...

~~Just Monday I tested for ni-kyu and afterwards I was passing Sensei's desk and he called my name and gave me a big grin and thumbs-up. It seemed a window of opportunity so I asked him what I might focus on moving forward. We actually had a couple minutes of interesting exchange--first time in 7 years! So perhaps I won't completely give up

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