Is it a sign?

This evening, Harry sensei spoken jovially about his demise, saying that he is already 70 plus and he is already trying his best to pass on all that he knows and his understanding to us. and when he goes, and when he’s ‘up there’ and look down , to see his students not doing what he has taught, he will be very sad.

Then he correct himself and added that if he is down there, and look up, to see that his students are not doing as how he taught them, he will be very sad.

So he wants us to study him as besta s we could, learn what he does. ‘Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies’ policy, which he has stated more than once. he wants no questions and just do as he does. Questions now, he says will lead to a lot of assumptions and false answers. so he’d rather prescribe a regimental style and tell us to follow, other wise we might get a scolding from him!

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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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5 Responses to Is it a sign?

  1. No questions allowed? Maybe it’s because I am American raised, but if one is not allowed to ask SOME questions then there is no growth.

    Hm, it is strange times. I just found out that Seiski Abe and Koichi Tohei Sensei both passed away just in the past two days. May they RIP, but it’s odd timing that they’re the oldest of O’Sensei’s students. Also last night’s (US Pacific Standard Time) training felt a little weird.

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  2. My friend, I fully empathise a Western style thinking towards questions for growth. sometimes, the correlation isn’t that strong and isn’t that clear cut. Aikido is after all a Japanese martial arts, with very strong inherent Asian style thinking. Sometimes it is better not to question the teacher but question the questioner. It is very inner directed and not outer directed.
    As for my sensei, all i can say is for that precise reason,I train very very intensely with him, even if it is for a metaphorical 5 minutes. I told myself i will not regret his death, not regret that i hadn’t learned enough, instead i am glad that i have had the time of my life under his tutorship.

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  3. Granted that we are assuming that death comes to my sensei first, it could very be the other way around and death knocks on my door first. So i train like its my very last day in town.

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  4. As *we* say on this side of the planet: “There are no such things as dumb questions, only dumb people.”

    Personally I like this one:

    “Ask a question, be a fool for 10 minutes. Never ask a question, remind a fool for a lifetime.”

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    • Ha ha agree… specifically speaking in a martial arts context, its a rather experiential process so the question asking part will sometimes impedes the learning. I guess our senseis wouldn’t mind a question or two, after all they are our guides and answering our doubts are part of their ‘job description’. I think what concerns most senseis, are some individual’s incessant questionings bordering the threshold of skepticism and criticism.
      And what Harry sensei encourages is inner directed questions. He’d rather we find the answer for ourselves. and those answers to our doubts will manifests in our movement, from there he will be able to interpret if our answers corresponds with our doubts.
      He doesn’t encourage hen pecked students, hence he ‘discourages’ spoon fed answers. He wants us to face our doubts ourselves and find independent answers best match our doubts, which he will not be in the best position to understand.
      Anyway we have the answers in us, we just need to find them.

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