Dec 10 2008

Giri (Obligation)

Published by at 1:00 am under Training at Home

I have had some questions recently about why Edmonton is a TenChiJin club.  Well the answer is simple, I don’t want to recreate the wheel.  I think that it is important to have a guideline to follow as we pursue our study of Budo.  I think that the progression which Bill Atkins has his students follow (of which I am one) is effective.  I understand the he has not had the chance to get to Japan as of late and I am alright with that.  The fact of the matter is that I have made it to Japan and because I have not been training in the art for a long time, there is a background of information which I need that he has.

I hold a respect (not reverence) of teachers whom have a history in this martial art.  Many of the new generation get pushed through the ranks without having the same groundwork as the older practitioners.  I am not arrogant enough to think that I am any better than those whom went to the classes and did hours of drills on basics.

I must also note that I should not take as long as they did to reach the same level.  Hopefully I can learn from their mistakes and progress even faster than they did.  The next generation must always out grow the last.  But the only way that we can do that is by learning from the last.  I feel an obligation to learn from their sacrifice.

So that’s it, until he or I decide otherwise, the dojo in Edmonton is a Bujinkan TenChiJin Dojo.

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