- Sep 30, 2021
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- Northern California
You seem to me to be overly invested in the enlightenment of others. Who hurt you? When it comes to teaching, I don’t believe I have ever turned anyone away other than people wanting me to teach children. I need all the students I can get. I don’t modify the teaching methods, but I don’t demand anything other than honest effort. If they really try and desire more, then I give it to them. It depends on where people are coming from, and what they want from the class and from me as an instructor. I am a person too, not a faucet that martial arts info comes from. I tend to attract students that want hard physical workouts, with a focus on balance, posture, coordination. I don’t do uniforms or belts or tournaments. I don’t teach children. I certainly don’t accede to demands of any kind ever. I do foster a family atmosphere with my students. I encourage cooperation and a sense of sanctuary inside the kwoon, as it were. I am not likely capable or equipped to “enlighten” anyone. A person can be shown a path, but they have to walk it to see where it goes. That’s up to them, there are no guarantees. Whatever a person thinks a human being is supposed to be, they are it. They are the expression of their potential in that moment. We know as moment passes to moment that things change, You will change, your body will change. Increasing your ability to pay attention, listen, and yield, gives you more control of each of those moments. In my opinion, this breaks down to me in relationship to me, and me in relationship to the earth in a physics way. If I can feel me better than you can feel you, I have some advantage. If I can feel you better than you feel you, you are at some disadvantage. This requires being honest with yourself, warts and all. How’s that?Alright, but they still have to want to learn, even if you do manage to convince them that they don't know it all. After that they have to want to learn if you're going to teach them.
After they lose they might or might not come back.