Caught in japanese teaching methods
I had a slight disagreement with Peter Rehse who is quite renowned in Aikido circles,and he deserves every accolade we can give him for sticking out the many problems he has addressed over the years ... for which I hold him in high regards.
That does not mean everything he says of a any teacher says is always right in th grand scheme of things, but it merely applies to the way it is used, taught, and practiced for that culture, that martial art, that type of practice.
What I am getting at is ... are our teachers so caught up in the japanese culture and teachings, they have not balanced what they are learning in terms of their own nationality, their own homeland, to the effect the unwavering teachings take precedent over active research and learning?
Are out teachers and shihans caught up in both the culture and preservation of Aikido without looking to its further developement beyond what O'Sensei taught and practiced?
Maybe it is just the attitude of superiority that comes through as teachers smile with that smile that says," Yes, I know more than you, and as right or wrong as you may be, what I teach you is better than any other way."
That might be an overadjustment, but that is what I feel when high ranking teachers put up that wall of complacentcy to accomandate new students, or students coming from other martial arts.
Are we missing the point that O'Sensei instilled in his student to make Aikido their own, on their own term, within the tenents of their own society, and character?
Too much Japanese for the Gaijin?