Why does our sensei teach?
What do our sensei desire?
For Harry sensei, what else can a old chap desire. he has his experiences, his ups and downs, and life stories to fill books, why does he still teaches Aikido? and hoping against hope that we is ever so clumsy students can grasp what he has explained.
His desire, i guess, is for use to become better than him.
He wants us to become better, better than him. In the true spirit of martial arts, he passed what he knows, his very best knowledge to his students, totally open and unconditional. He cannot be ‘better’ that he already is, he can only be better, by making us better. By making us better, he best himself. His ‘limited’ time is stretched to eternity when he transfers his skills and know how to us, and we transfer his skills and know hows as we know it to the next lineage, so on and so forth.
This continuum never stops.Before us, his sensei, taught him, and he became better than his sensei, because his sensei allows him to, and now, with him teaching us, we can only become better than him, because he allows himself to. A sensei who teaches ‘secret’ technique only to the selected few, or his ‘A’ Team will have limited success. Harry sensei don’t have an ‘A’ team of students, everyone is his ‘A’ students, except at a different level of ‘A’. He teaches everyone the same, and yet everyone receives it so differently.
Nonetheless, he wants all of us to be better than him, and the only way we can become better than our sensei, is to be better than ourselves.