What is Learning?

Originally posted by Pertti Ruha
.. Article by Akira Hino in free translation from English …

When I looked at the workout, it struck me that no one can pick up Hatsumi-Soke’s movement in the right way. I was aware of the insolent in question, but still had to put it to him;

“Because these techniques are so difficult even for Japanese people and too difficult for foreigners, will not your art to die out?”

Soke replied, “It’s ok. If they can not do the movements, they will die. But the most important lessons cannot be taught with words – you have to come to understand them yourself.”

Hatsumi Soke’s words stay close to the pure essence of budo. The power lies in the way he puts things in a natural way, without embellishment;
“If you can not do it you will die” seems natural and obvious, and it is what we do here in our studies, this is not lessons for children.

Those who theorize about martial only in their heads, only exercising them in terms of the dojo or in matches controlled by rules and who belongs Soke’s words, seems to me that the only sounds as brutal and violent anachronisms.
To begin with, the essence of the combat arts are to give and take life. Because of this, a variety of methods and techniques are brought forth, and these “techniques” are looking for fusing body and mind and is tied to the essence and substance of the term “shin shin Ichijo” (body and mind are one).

These need to be realistic techniques that human beings can realize, not words and rituals. From this point of expressing Hatsumi Soke’s words, the essence of the art of battle as well as they are words that reflects the purpose of why one should acquire such techniques.

The ability to learn such techniques lies not in teaching or instruction of the technology, but about attitude and determination of those who wish to learn them.
These words make it clear about responsibility, about who teaches and who learns, it is to turn upside down on the modern pedagogy. It falls down to the fundamental question “What is learning?”. Learning cannot start with the teacher compiling structured training and graduation requirements. Learning with the right attitude starts with the pupils themselves  who decide who is his teacher.
The right attitude is an awareness of what one wants to learn.


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