…..We had a going away, hanging out party the other night. It really was a treat to have practitioners, friends, colleagues there and to hear what was going on in their world outside of the Training Hall. In Alma I have been blessed with friends, training partners and practitioners who have soaked up the knowledge and martial science that I have taught. I have also been blessed to have many of my friends roll in and teach seminars and experience this same group. I have always believed that no matter who you are or what skill set you have that you should train with everyone you meet. Irregardless of their skill sets, attributes, etc. I have always thought that the best training comes from a varied mixture of people working out together and learning and practicing this craft! Advanced practitioners with new people, intermediate, etc. The more skilled a practitioner is the more they actually need to train with people with no skill sets or that are just starting out. The less skilled someone is the more they need to train with advanced people. A friend mentioned that he appreciated this approach and that was one of the things he really enjoyed was working out with every one of all levels and skill sets. Trust me his natural attributes make him a pleasure to work out with! Irregardless of your skill set work out with everyone! In the past every now and then someone wants to work out only with people in their level of skill. This is of course a serious mistake. You see in the Martial Sciences you need constant variation of partners, you also need to not only work on harder skill sets but also to constantly work on those foundational skill sets. There is a natural tendency for someone who has been around for a while to only want to work on harder more advanced skills. Unfortunately if they go that route their fundamental skills the ones that build the foundation for the advanced skills will erode. Having traveled the world I can tell you the best places mix novice with advanced and even master level practitioners. Just look at the Hombu Dojo of the Bujinkan. Anyone can train there if they are a part of the Bujinkan from novice rank beginner to the person that has been studying the system for forty or more years. Everyone benefits and everyone gets better in this manner. So as you progress along fight your ego and make sure you train with the new guy and understand that by doing so your skill set will not only stay sharp but improve over time!
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