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Jul 28, 2015
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Questions to ask yourself.
by: Anonymous

Since there aren't many details, I can only speculate as to why a beginner can piss off a sensei.

I’m not a sensei but even then, there are some beginners that annoy me from time to time and for the most part it’s because they never do anything extra.

Most beginners aren’t expected to just do kendo and go home. They should arrive first, clean the dojo, make sure the sensei are taken care of, and do anything that you can be of help.

Maybe the windows need to be opened/closed, clean up anything on the floor, arrange the chairs in a certain way, etc etc.

If someone else that is higher rank than you is doing the beginner’s job, be the first to offer to help.

Show your appreciation for the instruction you are getting by helping the sensei carry their bags, pack their bags for them, fold their hakama/gi, etc.

At the end of the class you should be the last to leave and make sure everything is taken care of, no one forgot anything, anything that needs locked up is secured, and the lights are turned off etc.

Also, maybe there are things outside of the dojo that needs taken care of, like planning for a seminar or an event? Maybe one of the sensei needs a ride or a carpool?

Other times beginners annoy me because the way they practice their kendo isn’t with full effort, or isn’t practicing sincerely, honestly, or aren’t paying attention to the sensei.

· Maybe the way you practice kendo is lacking?

· Maybe you aren’t improving as fast as sensei expects?

· Maybe you aren’t pushing yourself as much as your body is able to be pushed?

· Maybe your kiai is too quiet?

I think these are the questions you have to ask yourself.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your comment. It is very true that these things must be asked to oneself first. That is a very good point. You sound like a traditional Japanese student! I like that!

Things should be taught. That includes the way we should think and act. Many do not learn those. So I appreciate you said it here.

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