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Re: Self-Training Possible?

Subject: Re: Self-Training Possible?
by Leam on 2010/11/10 21:23:34


Papa-san wrote:

After again checking with an instructor of skill on what you have done you would see if you had advanced sufficiency to move to another area where you could repeat the process.

This, to me, is the biggest driver for belt rankings in the "White/Green/Black" pattern. At White belt the student needs to learn the basics, control, and safety. At Green belt they focus on the techniques and get a glimpse of the thought process. At Black the student really becomes a student and has enough background to start getting the "why" behind the "what", and to be tasked by the teacher to go study things and integrate them with the individual.

I have no knowledge of the 5th Dan and above thought processes, so my assumption is that while a 1st-4th Dan is trusted to learn for themselves, a 5th and above is trusted to help others learn. Of course, my assupmtions could be totally off-base. :)


Most of us know that we ALL have lives with other responsibilities that just can't be dropped to learn this art. I believe that ninjutsu should never "become" your life, it should help you live your life better and more fully.

And that may be part of what Dale's page refers to; 70%-80% of the training happens outside the dojo. Dale, please correct me if I'm wrong.

The issue for distant students, I think, is knowing when to transition from one part of traning to the next. With a teacher you can get some feedback on "you have that bit right, but you need more work here". Technique or mentality.

As you can tell, I'm still working on this...


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