“An Aikido Life, Part 5,” by Gozo Shioda

“[Y]ou should never lose a sense of humility as a practitioner even in the presence of a beginner. Imagine that a beginner enters the dojo. This person, of course, doesn’t know anything about Aikido, which means he is completely pure. Since he is pure he may have some good points which you don’t have or you may realize your bad points through him. Therefore, a sense of humility where you consider a person who enters your dojo for the first time as your instructor is required.”

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  1. bruce baker says:

    Two things struck me as Read this portion of the article taken from the book.

    One, the observation skills that it takes to see the world around us, process that information without our own thoughts and desires getting in the way of that information, and then using that information in the most efficient way possible.

    Two, one does NOT .. Yes I said NOT .. learn to be humble unless one sees or experiences the behaviors of those who are boastful, self-centered S.O.B.s

    Why do I say this? Simply being humble without experiencing or seeing the misery of others is a hollow attempt to show humility and humbleness. It is like an untempered piece of metal, it is not as strong and sharp as it could be and will break and bend an unsatisfactory manner when sorely tested.

    I get the feeling that master Gozo Shioda is being extremely kind in his writing to some harsh treatments that were meant to TEMPER his inner being. Everyone is different, and everyone needs different degrees of tempering, so just don’t think that the same tempering is good for all people in general. And yet, to perceive what purpose some harsh training methods are aimed to teach the student, and many times impart lessons to the teacher as well, is the mark of not just a great student but of a great teacher and great HUMAN BEING as well.

    Always remember, you goal is NOT to be a great student. Your goal is not to be a great Teacher. YOUR GOAL IS TO BE A GREAT HUMAN BEING!!

    Although I disagree with certain segments of what Gozo Shioda writes .. I do agree .. he was a great human being.

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