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No Use For Money

I went to lunch recently with two senior Judo Sensei. Their Sensei had been trained in Japan and came here to live and teach in Hawaii.

I wondered about how their Sensei had made a living, since the cost of living is so high in Hawaii, and Judo classes are usually very inexpensive.

One of the them said, "Our Sensei had no use for money."

That really sums up the attitude of some of the old time martial arts Sensei. They wanted to teach, not count money. They did not want to keep track of whether a student paid for the month or not. They were not interested in insurance, GET tax, income tax, rent, utilities, and other expenses. Their own comfort and financial security was not on their minds. Many of them would be offended if you tried to give them money.

They may sound out of touch. They may sound like they belong in another place and time.

I have been very fortunate to know such Sensei. And you may be surprised to know that many of them are still teaching today!


Charles C. Goodin