Et lille udtræk fra en interessant artikel på emnet “Tiltrække ny talenter/unge til vores kunst Aikido….jeg (Kim Babbel) læste for nylig i et interview med Tissier:

A Recipe for Revitalizing the Art

Tissier Sensei outlined four key areas to focus on if we want to improve the health of aikido and attract passionate, dedicated younger students who can lead our art into the future.

1. The Master vs. the Old Teacher: Aikido has been around for many decades now. As a maturing art, many of the most experienced teachers are in their 60s and 70s.  Tissier Sensei believes there are two kinds of instructors in this group. Those who are “physically old and technically old,” and those who are true masters. Tissier believes that young people won’t be inspired by those in the first group. My interpretation of my conversation with Tissier is that he believes that if you’re an older teacher and want to attract new students, you must really be “the master,” or you should prioritize using your knowledge to elevate the next generation of teachers and give them more of the spotlight.

2. More Opportunities for Younger Instructors: Tissier believes that in order to attract younger practitioners, they have to be able to relate to their teachers and aspire to be like them. A young student in their 20s can relate to an instructor in their 30s or 40s like a brother or sister and will want to emulate them. This is a critical dynamic that’s an essential component of introducing younger generations to the art and inspiring them to persevere through the challenge of pursuing personal development through budo. Tissier follows this model himself and has it so that most of the classes at his own dojo are led by instructors ages 35-45. He now teaches very few classes at his own dojo.

3. Balancing the Physical and the Spiritual: It’s imperative we think about how we balance the physical and the spiritual as we pursue aikido and represent it to the outside world. Tissier believes that the philosophy of aikido is intrinsically tied to the technique. Seeking the spiritual side in a way that neglects the integrity of the physical practice will breed groups of “strange people” who will be poor ambassadors for our art. Those that seek the technique only, but don’t think about the moral and philosophical principles of aikido, will fail as leaders.

4. Seeking The Role of True Budo: We need to be honest about the limitations and true nature of our art. Aikido is a “true budo.” Its pursuit requires perseverance, courage, and humility. The payoff is huge, but how do we communicate the value of budo to people in today’s society? We need to think carefully about how we can make budo more relevant and give it meaning in today’s world. Just as importantly, we need to think about how we can communicate and tell that story.