道 Path, A way

We all have our own paths we live. We all have our own directions in which we drive. However, how did we get on this path?In training, everyone has a teacher. How we find that teacher, meet that teacher or get accepted by that teacher, can be done in many different ways. Some people just go to the closest place in the area. Others research books or on the internet. Others go to a number of dojos, before making their choice.

Either way, once you start training at a dojo, you are not necessarily a student of that teacher. You may be a student at the dojo, but this is different. In order to be accepted as a student, a teacher must know that, that particular student is learning, and growing, and takes his/her training seriously.

After training for sometime, one is then accepted as a student by the teacher. There is nothing formal about this acceptance. However, you may notice the teacher recommending your for rank instead of someone else in the dojo. You will find yourself being asked to show techniques more often. You will notice that you are asked to be used as uke, where other people may not be asked. There are a lot of trials and tests that one goes through before being accepted as a student. Every teacher has his/her own way of testing their students. There is nothing fixed, or written in stone about this. However, a student will teach like his teacher, and his teacher teaches like his teacher. This is normally the tradition.

In the Bujinkan, there are now many different teachers. Everyone follows a slightly different path. However, we should all be heading toward the north star (Soke). Some roads are longer than others. Some roads are bumpier than others. Some roads even hit a dead end, or they may be closed off.

A teacher is simply a guide. One who has been there before (先生). One must follow his/her teacher to learn the form(守), or learn the teachings. Once the teachings are taught then you must break the form(破). Then you learn to be free from the form ().

In the end, you have to make the final decision about your training, and about your life. However, you should use the guidance and teaching from both your teachers in budo and life to help you make a good decision. Everyone wants to be the best, everyone wants to be successful. However, it will be the choices that we make, that will determine how good or successful we become.

Sincerely,

Chris Carbonaro

Bujinkan Shihan


 
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