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#356547 - 08/16/07 03:38 PM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: oldman]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
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I know it's a cliche, but 'To the right teacher, the right student.'

#356548 - 08/16/07 04:01 PM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: harlan]
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We could add to that "At he right time". A few years ago I would not have been able or perhaps willing to cause "Pain". She knows I have no desire to injure and she trusts me partly because I can apply measured discomfort/ pain now. She experiences it as respectful toward her. I think she is growing to realise that she can bare pain and discomfort and even choose to move toward it if it is

#356549 - 09/25/07 04:27 PM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: oldman]
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Loc: Southern California.
This kind of reminds me of the dojo I go to. Alot of it requires close contact w/ other people both male and female and are people whom you have no bond with. To be able to trust each other as well as your sensei that you won't get hurt, you won't be the fool of all jokes, (which is how it is IRL mind you), and everyone is there to help, work, and learn with each other. But it's amazing to see when people are challenged to face their insecurities and obstacles they quickly freak out and runaway and stop attending. But I digress. Back to the 'Sensei as friend' topic.

The sensei's at the dojo go to, I don't necessarily consider friend but I do have complete trust in them. Granted there are some flaws I need to work on that hinder my progress like self doubt but because I trust and value my sensei's especially the main one. They care that you attend regularly and don't want you to half crap your work outs and make excuses. They want you to put 200% into everything. They compliment you when your doing great, they will guide you when you falter.

And I take pride knowing that he has full faith in everyone especially me because I don't let the fact that I'm the only female get to me like it has done to other women who have chosen to run away instead of stay and work past their insecurities. I take pride knowing that our sensei(s) look out for all of us, especially me. I take pride that they take pride when we accomplish something amazing or even the fact that we showed up today.

I love the dojo I attend. It's like a second family, almost better than my first one I feel comfortable there and I actually feel free there. Free to be who I am. I haven't had that in a long time.
Me: "Yeah but you guys beat me up alot..." Sensei: "That's okay, we've gotta toughen you up..."

#356550 - 11/11/07 11:33 PM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: sheepingly]
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Loc: FL
My master and I have pretty good trust in one another. He doesn't get out much he teaches and works, but that is it.

When we are in the dojo we get very serious and we don't really let the others know about how we joke around after class, and make fun of each other. Even though he is much higher up than me we have a connection that I don't have with anyone else. I can trust him, and when I need him he will always be there for me, and for my classmates. I don't know what I would do if I would have never met him.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

#356551 - 11/12/07 12:20 AM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: acc47]
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Loc: FL
The highlights of my week are Mondays and Wednesdays when I can walk into our dojo and practice and get myself hurt! I count down the days, and on Monday I can't wait for Wednesday and Wednesday I can't wait for Monday. I just love kung fu and I can't get enough of it. I spend my computer time researching our style and finding tips.

I don't think my master knows how much it means to me for him to just show up twice a week and teach me how to kick, punch, block, ect.
For any masters, senseis, or teachers out there that just show up and teach, Thank You. I don't know what I would do without kung fu.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

#356552 - 11/12/07 12:30 AM Re: Sensei as friend [Re: oldman]
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 16
Loc: FL

I had an experience a while back with one of my students. She is a forty something mom with 3 kids. She caught me one day after class and said

" I just wanted to say thank you" I asked what for? she replied "Your teaching is different. You are the only one here that is not afraid of hurting me. Everyone else treats me like I'm going to break, thank you".

I'm smiling just recounting the story.

I understand how she feels. Some of my classmates go easy on me just because I am a girl and I am a bit younger. My masters do to sometimes. I just say to them that I can take anything that they can throw at me, and to quit holding back. That is how I got punched in the nose and have bruises all over! LOL

One thing that I have learned is never underestimate someone if you don't know what they are capeable of.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

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