“Conflict Resolution in Teaching,” by Sensei Strange

“Early in my aikido career I was largely unknown in the dojo. I was the college kid who came stumbling in with dirty hair and smelling like coffee and cigarettes. I found the practice very interesting, but then one of the senior instructors noticed me and took me under his wing. He spent a lot of time training me, encouraging me and inviting me to walk with him down the path. I felt like I was getting more out of my practice than I was getting out of school. This instructor spun my world around, gave me the gift of drive and motivation. He helped me fall in love with training and the path. I learned that the basis of practice is relationships with people. I found a mentor.”

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  1. Thanks for sharing.

    It seems that your instructor planted a seed that bore fruit many years later.

    I think there is a Japanese saying that goes “First bitterness, then sweetness”.

    In gassho, Mark W

  2. …have benefited from the generosity of so many senior students and senseis. gratitude requires that i try to do likewise.

  3. Is there a better way to learn humility than being humiliated when we are still not listening?

    Patrick Augé

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