Nov 11 2008

Encouragement or insult?

Published by at 11:56 pm under Training in Japan

Once again last night, Hatsumi Sensei said to us “Everyone must look at the Takamatsu DVD and see that I was not very good.  So don’t worry about your progress”.

If this was the first time he said it, I would pass it off as nothing.  Well no I wouldn’t but I would have kept it to myself.  We must improve.  As a whole we in the Bujinkan must improve.  On some fundamental level we give ourself the excuse that in time we will somehow get to a point where our techniques do not require force.  When will this be?  Will it just magically happen without training for that goal.  Esentially we were being compared to Hatsumi sensei in his early training with Takamatsu.  The problem is we have been training for years.  If we pay attention we should be getting better.

Anyhow I am sure Sensei was talking to everyone but me.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Encouragement or insult?”

  1. Scottyon 12 Nov 2008 at 10:31 am

    Complacency is the enemy of any endeavour. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. Ericon 12 Nov 2008 at 9:56 pm

    He’s never said that to me…

  3. BRon 12 Nov 2008 at 10:20 pm

    ……..I’m sure you said/thought that with tongue firmly in cheek……. ;)

  4. Brianon 13 Nov 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Great new picture….

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