Thoughts from Sensei

I’ve been going over old notes, and bits and pieces of things I meant to share with you all over the years, and realized that I’m sacrificing the “Good Enough” for the “Perfect.” They end up sitting in a file folder and never get to their intended destination. So, I’m going to post some of these thoughts in this blog. Some will be fully fleshed out expressions; others may be sketches and outlines. The site will be open only to those I let in, and for the moment that is limited to active direct students of jo at the Shutokukan. Comments are welcome.

I expect to expand this gradually to include other material I want you to have. I’m working now on “policies” of various sorts. One of the reasons I believe Relnick Sensei was always so reluctant to publish this type of thing was that he feared that folks would start to think of them as cast in stone. In a ryu, it is important to keep in mind that the transmission holder (in this case the menkyo kaiden) always has the right/responsibility to adapt practices as needed to best ensure healthy survival of the ryu and its members. So, while in fact, almost everything is case-by-case, there’s no reason there can’t be some general guidelines or policies to serve as a starting point, so you can have a better idea of what to expect and what we expect. Or, to put it another way, to overlay some of the gray with black pointers.

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