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Who Made It?

Sometimes when I visit a dojo and observe an interesting technique or drill, I will ask the instructor whether he learned it from his sensei or developed it himself.

At times, I think that the instructor might be concerned that I thought he made it up.

Actually, if the instructor learned the technique or drill from his sensei, I would compliment him for being a good student.

If, on the other hand, he made it up, I would compliment him for being a genius!

All great teachers are innovators.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin