Are you really telling us that you, who haven't been to a formal class or trained in a traditional sword art in a dojo, have a "more martial attitude" and a better idea of what a sensei would think of your training and behavior than people who have spent years watching students come and go, not only in their own dojo but others?Calm Intention said:So knowledgeable Charles.
One thing I do know, I hope you are not someones Sensei- you've the wrong attitude yourself, and would inject/implant negativity in your students.
Actually, I've probably more the 'martial attitude' than most you know(though me lesser self is not displaying such here--- I even know it).
I personally couldn't care less what you do and how you do it, practice on your own all you want, as long as you follow basic safety precautions when around other people. But really, without experience in traditional sword arts, your opinion about what a sensei should think and who has the "more martial attitude" is pretty irrelevant. You honestly have no basis for your judgment that is significant in the context of traditional japanese sword arts, for the simple reason that you're not involved in any way with them.
In fact, your claims to having the "more martial attitude" (love that expression) and your criticism of others' behaviours are very common amongst those who self-train. After all, it just wouldn't do for them to admit that what they're doing is very thinly connected to traditional swords arts, if at all, and has much more to do with swinging a bar of metal around to little purpose. It certainly can be a good work-out, it can be fun, you can fantasize about different situations and how you would react to them, what effect your cuts would have, make up grand duels in your head, it's all good. It just isn't a traditional japanese sword art.
PS: The attitude you display outside of the dojo is just as important, if not more important, than that in the dojo. It takes no thought to comply with rules and etiquette in the dojo, where it is demanded by your teacher. It takes a budoka to take that attitude and make it a part of their life. Even on message boards. Especially on message boards.But my 'wrong attitude' here, would not translate to the dojo