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Re: Kotō Ryū Kata Kanji and Translation Request Take 2 (this time without the flames and BS)

Subject: Re: Kotō Ryū Kata Kanji and Translation Request Take 2 (this time without the flames and BS)
by Cuchulain on 2010/2/14 20:28:27

I don’t think you’re going to get what you’re asking for John. To start with, not many people have it and there’s no real reason why they should. People who have it may not want to share it - they may not feel it is theirs to share.

I’m not saying this is the case with you John – I don’t know you and have no reason to think this applies to you at all – but in general I think it’s unfortunate when teachers fall into the trap of thinking that because they have a shidoshi license, they should be able to teach everything in the nine schools. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, and it can only lead to problems.

Some of the best teaching advice I have ever got was to just teach what you know and be ruthless with yourself in assessing what you really, really know.

I have students who teach now, and what I say to them is that there’s no need to feel under pressure to be able to teach Koto Ryu Koppojutsu – just be able to pass on the lessons you have learned from your teacher, perhaps adding insight you have gained through your own studies and through your own training trips with Soke in Japan, or at seminars with other people who studied in a lot of depth.

If you’ve learned kata in Japan, then I think it’s probably okay to present what you’ve learned, but I think there are very few people who can say they are teaching Koto Ryu, or Gyokko Ryu etc.

That information is out there and is freely accessible if you are particularly interested and want to search out that kind of instruction. It’s not that hard to find a shihan in Japan interested in such things and ask them about, for example, Koto Ryu but you have to put the time and effort into creating a relationship whereby they trust you a small bit.

Actually, maybe trust is too loaded a term – I think maybe they just need to recognise you and know that you’re sincere and interested, rather than just messing about. I know in my case, I don't post information such as that you've asked for online because I just don't have the authority to do so. Just because a teacher gives it to me doesn't mean they're happy for me to hit the publish button 20 minutes later on the web.

The internet is probably not a great place to find specifics like that.
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