“Everything in Black and White” by David Lynch

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Our dojo scored a world-first the other day when two high-ranking Japanese senseis conducted a class wearing ordinary street clothes, while all the students wore dogi and hakama!… This drastic deviation in dress code came about because the senseis were here on holiday and had not intended to train. I persuaded them to take the class at the last moment and there was no time to arrange uniforms for them.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    I often wonder who leaves their ego at the front door?

    I have suggested many times that the best practices are without formal wear, belts or rank, but being able to focus on what each of us lack for our skills as we attempt to communicate our needs to improve different aspects of our particular skill level.

    Yes, the world is a stage and we are all actors, but when a great actor is on the stage and in their element, but just because they have the tools to give a great performance does not mean they can do the same thing on a different night, on a different stage.

    Practice, and application, come from being able to improvise, adapt, change and read the conditions around them also.

    My thought is … how well do you read the conditions around you, the people around, and how well do you read yourself for the application of your craft as you attempt to perform? To view one’s performance and others with an open mind might invite distain and negative criticism, but it is a totally honest opinion none-the-less when we evaluate ourselves at the end of the day.

  2. one day each week my folks and I train in a park. the uniform is whatever you don’t mind getting filthy. when finished we often look a bit worse than the folks who sleep there. it’s a real environment with few “props”.

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