This question was posed to us Kenshusei earlier in the week. We were asked to contemplate this question and prepare to discuss our thoughts after Friday Keiko. This blog entry is a compilation of a few paraphrased excerpts from today’s conversation.
Note: Past and Previous Kenshusei, please feel empowered to expand, connect, or correct as you deem fit in the comments section below.
(A) Kenshusei is:
- A challenge to overcome and grow from as an individual
- A non-individual, a component of the dojo who is fulfilling a roll of service for others, and who is willing to sacrifice self for the growth and improvement of others and the dojo
- A path to becoming an empathetic instructor and leader, who works to earn respect through hard work and grit, and is aware of the effects and consequences (both positive and negative) of expectations, commands, and instructional styles
- A student of Japanese Culture and the Spirit of Budo
- A team who must learn to love and accept each other even when”we see each other at our worst” because we all need help when we fall (And we all do at some point)
- A Challenge
- A Dream
- An Opportunity
- A Life Changer
- A Life Saver
- To be Kenshusei you must “Take Care of Yourself” and your body, yet simultaneously throw hazard to the wind and resist the urge to preserve self, in many ways “kill yourself,” in order to give it your all (Inherently a paradox that makes sense when felt but is hard to explain)