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Tree Farmers

Aikido Sensei Sadao Yoshioka gave a lecture once about his ancestor's business in Japan. They raised trees for lumber.

One generation would plant the trees. The third generation would harvest them. Each generation was tied to the past and the future.

This is how it is in the martial arts. What you know now is the result of those who came before you. The students you teach are like sapplings, which may mature long after you are gone.

Each generation of martial artists is tied to the past and future.


Charles C. Goodin