Hello. I recently passed my 2nd kyu test, and so was interested in John Riggs' July 2006 post on "brown belt syndrome." While I would like to develop the characteristically high endurance levels of aikido students with brown belts (and some with black belts)
, I would like to avoid or lessen the negative characteristics mentioned in Riggs sensei's post and subsequent replies including training gaps, ego, and safety issues.
Training gaps: "Life" seems like the biggest culprit at our dojo.
• Let's say a female student will have a baby. What would you recommend for her to avoid training gaps before the baby is born?
• Whether male of female, if a baby in the family is born, time and financial resources are more restricted. What would you recommend for him/her to avoid training gaps after the baby is born?
• A student has finally graduated and he/she gets a job in a new city that does not have aikido. What would you recommend for him/her to continue practicing aikido?
• A regular student who practices nearly every day finds he/she must have at least a decrease in training and perhaps will not longer be able to practice at that dojo due to moving or whatever the reason may be. How should he/she break the news to his/her instructor(s) and dojo community?
• Where to you draw the line between building enough confidence to practice well with others, but not "too" confident? [Perhaps someone could define "ego" better.]
• How do you ensure the safety of yourself and your partners as you learn new techniques and falls and explore new levels of understanding?