George Ledyard is an aikido instructor in the Seattle area. I haven't met him, but he wrote something once that really resonated, something that most martial arts student need to hear. I don't have it in front of me and I definitely don't have Mr. Ledyard's gentle way with words, so this is my personal take on it.
This is for all of the students who are in awe of your instructors: Get over it. Get over yourself.
The best instructor in the world has the same number of arms and legs as you (more or less). A human body and human brain not too far off the charts. In most cases (barring the ancient or damaged student) there is nothing he can do that you can't do.
Do not use him as an excuse to aim low. Do not set him up in your head as an unapproachable paragon. Never say, "I'll never be as good as my sensei." It's an insult to you and it is an insult to his teaching.
It's time to stop trying to be good.
Don't be good enough.
Don't be damned good.
Decide to be amazing.
Exceed your teacher. Take what he gives you and bring it to new levels.
You can do this and if you really want to honor your teacher you must do this.
And then you must turn around and give your students permission to be better than you.
Be AMAZING. Good enough isn't.
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