Unfortunately, there’s more conflicted people than you would expect doing aikido. Some find a peace by doing the art, but many just keep generating conflict and negativity. It’s a poor character thing, and a lack of understanding of aiki. Walk away from the worst ones. They won’t change.
Sometimes being strong ain’t enough. You also have to be smart. Like it? Share it!
Posted by Ron Engelman Krav Maga on Thursday, 9 November 2017
There’s so much bs posturing that goes on in dojos, including aikido dojos. Showing off for sure but also putting the primacy on technique and technicians as though that’s what aikido is. It’s all ego. This video is about aiki. This is about real aikido.
One of my favorite bits of martial arts wisdom was recorded by Stan Pranin of the Aikido Journal in an interview with Yukiyoshi Takamura, one of the great teachers of the last 100 years in my opinion. I’ll let his words speak for themselves, adding only that I agree absolutely with his statement.
Pranin: If you had to provide only one bit of wisdom to impart for someone seeking a martial arts instructor, what would it be?
Takamura: Everyone is looking for a master or… guru in the West, but the word “master” is so overused today as to be meaningless, much like having a black belt today is meaningless. A genuine master is almost impossible to find because you won’t quickly recognize him. He is much more than a teacher. Genuine teachers strive to be masters but only one in a hundred thousand finish the journey. There are only a handful of true masters on the whole planet. Funny how they all end up in the San Francisco yellow pages!
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