Who is the expert?

Who is the expert?

What’s in that label anyway? Simply because I’ve been doing something consistently well for a long time qualifies me to be an expert in that something? Or if i hold a socially important title which amplifies my importance more than it actually is? As our society progresses, we become obsessed in knowing, and in knowing we make an expert out of ourselves. And the fallacy that the more we know about a specific subject the more we thought we are qualified to become an expert.

sometimes it is a proverbial chicken and egg thing. Can someone¬†call me an expert simply because I know Aikido better than that someone? Or can I call myself an expert, simply because i know Aikido better than anyone? Its generalisation and sweeping titles like ‘expert’ and ‘master’ that trick people into followings. and it builds its own momentum, because when i become an expert in aikido, I will soon become and expert in martial arts, and soon an expert in self-defense. Not only that, I soon begin to pass superficial but absolute comments and reviews about things related or not related martial arts.

Why are we so trapped in out own ‘expertness’?¬†As Don Henly sings it, ‘The more I know, the less I understand, the thing I thought I’ve figured out, I have to learn again.’ The heart of the matter is the training. we need to train hard to remove all traces of expertness. simply because we win a few medals in bouts doesn;t make us an expert in anything. After learning aikido for so many years, all I learned is that I’ve not learned enough, and never an expert I will become.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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One Response to Who is the expert?

  1. The difference between a master and an expert: The master doesn’t “know” what he knows yet the expert knows everything that he knows.

    The only situation where I am the “expert” is when telling people who aren’t martial artists what Aikido is.


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