relationship of Sensei to the dojo is very difficult
to define as it encompasses many aspects of life.
The character of Sensei must flow through the student
at many levels and reach to the far corners of the
students life. A Sensei is sometimes a parent
figure, and may advice, or even chastises students.
A Sensei, though unique, is similar to everyone
else. They are human beings who deserve special
respect for they have travelled long upon the Do
A Sensei is an excellent teacher who conveys, at
the correct time, the proper knowledge, in the best
possible way and manner to students, and sees students
and their problems as they themselves rarely do-impartially.
A Sensei shows no favor, indeed, as students progress,
Sensei may become harder on them. A Sensei in kind
but firm with beginners on the path.
Sensei advises, in an appropriate manner, on the
inner spiritual aspect of the art, and always lends
a friendly ear to listen carefully.
Although students may categorize Sensei as either
teacher or friend, Sensei is neither, yet both and
more. A Sensei view the student with an open mind,
unmoved by appearances and helps in the way best
suited to the student. If this means being hard
or gentle, then Sensei is so. However, it is always
in the best manner for the students, for Senseis
heart is forever with them.
Often a Sensei may test students by taking views
diametrically opposed to them in order to study
their reactions. Sensei will put forth untruths
to see if they are accepted, or say nothing when
volumes could be spoken. Silence is often the best
form of praise that a Sensei will give to students.
Sensei will note what affects the students in and
of the dojo, how they act towards friends, family,
and work, and will work with the students accordingly.
Although they can adapt at will, Sensei does not
change even though outsiders may, as inward ideals
and principles remain intact at all times. They
persist when there is no apparent reason, give while
others take, and ask for no rewards save that of
proficiency of mind and body. That is why they are
Typically, it takes the experience of teaching
thousands of students to produce a worthwhile Sensei.
Having one is worth taking care of.
from the writing of B.Dalgliesh