Dec 01 2008

Becoming a master

Published by at 11:22 am under Other Stuff

Hatsumi Sensei said that we must train to become masters.  I have a question, what is a master?  What makes a master?  How do you know when you have reached that level?

Hatsumi Sensei was saying that to become a Shisho (master) you will have to move beyond techniques.  Then again he has been saying this as far as I know since 1989.  So what can we do to reach this point?  Is there something more than just getting beyond doing techniques?

I have always wondered if I had a chance to ask Hatsumi Sensei anything, what would it be.  Well I now know what I would ask, what makes a master.

Who knows maybe one day I will get the chance.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Becoming a master”

  1. Scottyon 05 Dec 2008 at 9:38 am

    I remember a conversation with Randy about what is the difference between someone who practices martial arts and a martial artist.

    He mentioned that a martial artist is someone who creates their own style from within the techniques (at least this is how I remember the conversation going, I could be wrong). If I had to guess at the definition of a master it is someone who can do new things with the techniques because they are no longer techniques, they are natural movements. beyond someone who has them learned in muscle memory, but something else.

    I may know how to mix colors and put it to canvas, but Van Gough did so much more than I could have thought of with the same tools. Same thing could be said about 17 syllables and Basho.

    I would say a master can take the same tools we all have and make something entirely their own, and it leaves the rest of us staring dumbfounded because we could and should have been able to do that…but we never would have thought of it.

  2. jimon 11 Dec 2008 at 9:37 pm

    A chef whose specialty is cakes… a master.

    The best debater around… a master.

    Someone who is really, really good at putting food on hooks to catch fish… a master.

    Someone who trains diligently and organizes his life with no hesitant gap between where satisfying life ends and perfect art begins is… a… ???

  3. Scottyon 12 Dec 2008 at 9:31 am

    Wow Jim… you had to throw the second and third one in there didn’t you.

    wordplay is fun.

  4. Someone who knowson 17 Dec 2008 at 1:37 am

    I thinks he came out swinging from the get-go!

    Ahh, three of these things are a lot like each other…

    You peeps know the song.

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