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Random thought [Feb. 22nd, 2009|12:37 am]
The clan of Tendai-Shu


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Its been a while since there is something posted here.

I just wanted to post some random thoughts about Tendai and the C:SI comunity.

I think there is some lack in the senseis/students management.
new comers are left alone, nobody is taking care of them.
That is why i did a senseis/students list, To be easier to track whos got a sensei and who doesnt.
Maybe there is some who doesnt want a sensei. I have no problem with that.
Seeing all those kouhosha that have no sensei at all and on the other hand so few sensei REALLY active
thats kind of scary
To teach takes lots of commitment from the sensei, time and patience
but thats actually what i like most in C:SI. endless sparing can be boring sometime but i need to be
in top of my edge to be credible when i teach.

We been through somes drama lately about intolerance and lets call it "racism".I wont drop any name here
I didnt know there was such a thing in Tendai.
The C:SI comunity is made of people from all over the world.
Racism cant be accepted.
I got some testimony here and there from french that witness or beeing victime of some bad comments we could call racism.
Some think we are (french people) are too dumb to understand what they say. they are wrong.

There seems to be a small group that share the same thoughts. they are usually seen togheter not speaking to any one or barely. they seem not very comitted in Tendai i dont see them sparing alot if never. I think Tendai is more of social club to them.
I hear some complain about them once in a while.
I tell them not to worry about them. Its totally normal i call them "the clique".

That beeing said lets talk about something else.

I tested Natalia Siemens today, she reached Kenkaku level ( same as Renchi but without the teaching part) she did pretty well.

Enough whinning for tonight its quite late, im tired :)

From: nullmode
2009-02-23 03:14 pm (UTC)


I just wanted to let you know someone is listening Kenshin. :)

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[User Picture]From: kenshin_sonoda
2009-02-25 06:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Hija

I hope so :P
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From: silencelook
2009-02-26 08:34 am (UTC)
newspaper is interesting:)
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From: karnac_binder
2009-03-01 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reviving the blog Kenshin.

I only just became a Sensei, and I am learning how hard that is. It feels like a huge responsibility, and often I am not sure I have enough skill to do it. But I am already finding I am learning as much... well, probably more...than my "students", because it forces me to think about sparring technique all the time.

I don't know to whom you are referring, Kenshin, but I abhor racism/intolerance of any kind: it's a particularly corrosive form of stupidity. I guess language can be a barrier if you let it be, but I've travelled places where all I could say was "hello", "thanks" and "foooooooooooood!!!" and got by just fine, so that is no excuse.

Tendai has grown quite big and quite fast, so there is always a risk of cliques and sub-groups forming. Still, as a Scot I know that "Clan" means "family" and that is where people's primary loyalty should lie. The mix of nationalities and languages is one of our strengths, not a reason for schism. If, for example, any Buke treated Oshiego as inferior or with less respect, that would be regarded as totally unacceptable behaviour. The same should apply to any prejudice or discrimination.

The main reason I applied to join Tendai when I wanted to find a C:SI Clan was that, as well as Bushido, it supposedly has a strong affinity with Buddhist philosophy, whose very root is compassion and empathy. Perhaps we could all do with remininding ourselves of that at times.

Congratulations to Natalia. Maybe we should twist her arm to get her to teach a bit, she would be great! There would still be time for dancing too, Nat ;)
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[User Picture]From: kenshin_sonoda
2009-03-02 12:53 am (UTC)


Thanks Karnac to post your comments
This space is open to all Tendai to voice their concern and stuff.

Yes teaching take alot of commitment time and sweat.
It make also question, analize my techniques, values etc in order to be able to explain it all.
But some time i think i fail to make it clear because its not clear in my mind whats really going on.
I rely more to my instinct. and instinct imho cant be teach.

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