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Accumulating Bad Habits

I have met Karate students who have copied every bad habit they have ever seen. They tilt their head to the left like one sensei, raise their shoulders like another, flip their wrists like a third, and stomp like another.

Then they adopt a pseudo-Japanese or Okinawan accent to further mimick their favorite sensei.

Students should copy their sensei -- but copy the good things.

The sensei should be careful to identify his own bad habits so that his students can avoid them.


Charles C. Goodin