George, It’s been my experience that training partners will find what they seek. They will find the aerobics dojo if that’s what they want. They will join the full contact school if that’s what they want. If they want a bunch of mumbo jumbo religion, they will create it. I have a student who is so hung up on the entire eastern bow and grovel stuff that I tripped over him entering the dojo. Why anyone would want to paste their forehead into that filthy floor is beyond me. mere hours before the room operates as a preschool playroom. I don't want to know what's on the floor . Hey we don't even have pictures of dead folks to bow to and the guy's still keen to go their. I told the guy it's okay if he want's to but don't do it in the door way or we will walk on him entering the training space.Has any teacher found that when they try to maintain a strict teacher/student relationship with their students, avoiding a cultist type atmosphere in the dojo, that some of their more impressionable students will quit and will join other organizations that have the cultist environment they need?
Jake it’s something we must be vigilant about, many students are looking for someone to worship not learn from. I’m not a spiritual leader I’m a coach.There is a definite group among the martial arts community who seeks some kind of spiritual mentor. They show up at the kung fu school all the time. I've made a very conscious effort to make it clear that our job is to teach kung fu...not religion.
I agree Kerry, but as GEM points out many are looking to their Sensei to fill that role…it’s not our job!and no- I personaly do not believe that people NEED a RELIGION in order to be spiritual-
religion is either here nor there, the point is religion has nothing to do with Uechi-Ryu.I just dies-agree that participating in a religion here at least- because I haven't been over seas- is the only way to demonstrate humility and or social comradery (sp? sorry bad speller here) There are lots of good people out there who don't practice a religion that are extremely talented Teachers-
I’m unimpressed with martial artists emulating Japanese or Okinawan culture in their home country. Make believe, attempting to portray oneself as another culture. It adds nothing to ones martial ability and only makes one look foolish.I'd be quite "un-impressed" with an American going over to Asia without getting to know said area and said customs before actualy going to be able to avoid seeming arrogant and less than respectful you know?
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