Re: People I don't want to learn from
A year ago, I had to leave my Sensei and Dojo for several personal reasons. I bravely approached a colleague of my former Sensei and requested permission to train under him. I had spent the last 7 years training 5 days a week in Karate and Aikijutsu and never missing a seminar or training trip. By all accounts, I was my Sensei's shadow- or his Ushideshi, although it was never officially stated as such. The point is that when I started training at the new Dojo, I had to put away my belt and reconnect with my "beginners mind". My Sensei did however, inform his students as to my rank (which by the way isn't all that high) just so that they were aware. I was always taught that the best thing to do when training in an unfamiliar Dojo, is to simply have the mind of a beginner. By the way, I would never correct a senior student, the thought of that makes me cringe-unless they asked. I have always tried my best to learn from everyone that I train with.
When I started at the new Dojo, I didn't know all the basics and subtleties of this particular style martial arts. I had no problem asking a green belt or anyone for help. Yes, I have a solid foundation and a good understanding of motion and movement-appropriate for my rank. Do I know everything? I think not. If one feels offended by a juniors correction-especially in a new Dojo situation- then perhaps one might consider that their ego has overshadowed their humility.