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Old 07-03-2002, 08:13 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Question family business or quality of art?

I've often wondered--with all due respect--Did O Sensei's son take over after his death because he was the best overall candidate, or simply because he was his son? Mind wanderings, but what do you think?

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Old 07-03-2002, 09:12 AM   #2
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Is this a trap question?

My understanding is that martial arts succession is traditionally hereditary in japan.
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Old 07-03-2002, 11:15 AM   #3
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I would feel that is better that O Sensei made a concise dission and past on our noble art to his son. For example if not then this can cause a civil war within the art. This was seen when the late Wing Chun master did not do this. His 3 best pupils then fought for the title of Sifu, which can only be a bad thing.



"Minimum Effort, Maximum Effciency."
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Old 07-05-2002, 10:17 AM   #4
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To be a leader of X, one need not be the very best of X. One would need to know fairly well what X is all about, one also should be competent in it. But a good leader will have good people under him who are very good in X.

As a leader, one's most important skill is to manage the organisation, the people and everything else.

Leadership is a huge responsibility. To fight for it seems foolhardy. Most good leaders are forced by the majority and their conscience to take leadership.

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 07-09-2002, 11:04 AM   #5
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
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There is a very interesting article on this general subject here:

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Old 07-09-2002, 05:31 PM   #6
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
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Lyle, thanks for the e-address, very good article.

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