Roku-dan

Sensei Dan Dugan - 6th Dan

The relationship of Sensei to his dojo is very difficult to define as it encompasses many aspects of life. The character of Sensei flows through us at our level and reaches to the far corners of our lives.

Sensei has been a parent figure, and has advised and chastised some of us. Sensei, though unique, is similar to everyone else. He is a human being who deserves special respect for he has traveled long upon the way.

Sensei has been an excellent teacher who has conveyed, at the correct time, the proper knowledge, in the best possible way and manner to his students, and sees students and their problems as they themselves rarely do - impartially. He has shown no favor, indeed, as his students progressed, Sensei may become harder on them. Sensei is kind but firm with beginners on the path.

Sensei has always advised, 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. Sensei has viewed his students with an open mind, unmoved by appearances and has helped 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 Sensei's heart is forever with them.

Often a Sensei has tested students by taking views diametrically opposed to them in order to study their reaction. Sensei may put forth untruths to see if they are accepted, or say nothing when volumes could be spoken. Silence is of the best form of praise that a Sensei will give to students. Sensei notes what affects each of us in and out of the dojo, how they act towards friends, family, and work, and has worked with the students accordingly.

Although he can adapt at will, Sensei does not change even though outsiders may, as inward ideals and principles remain intact at all times. He has persevered when there has been no apparent reason, he has given while others have taken, and ask for no rewards save that of proficiency of mind and body. This is why he is our Sensei. Typically, it takes the experience of teaching thousands of students to produce a worthwhile Sensei. Having one is worth taking care of. We, in the Alliance, are proud to have one!!!!

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