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Miyake the videorecorder



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Regarding Miyake teaching Goshin Jutsu the same way the three times that you worked with her on it,  I was only able to get to one of those seminars and I know you and your wife were more intimately involved with her teachings, but I've talked to several people who were at the last two Miyake Goshin Jutsu (1997 and sometime around 2008) seminars and they all confirmed independently that she taught the thing  vastly differently those two times.
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I didn't press them for details of the differences, but I imagine I can see what they're talking about.  It's inconceivable that she would practice the exact same thing the same way, like a human videorecorder for the ten years between those 2 seminars.  Hopefully she had more, better, and different insights at the second one than at the first one.  Had I gone to the second seminar and found that it was an exact reproduction of the first, that would have been sorta disappointing (though you could make a case for my perspective changing during those 10 years, making it not a waste of time.)
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Even within the one Miyake seminar I went to (ca1997), there was variation. Sure, she was working on the central form of each technique - the jumping off point as I called it - and wasn't delving into variation.  But there was still plenty of variation between repetition of techniques.  She was constantly saying (or implying in broken English) things like "here's how you do this and here's a bunch of different ways to make it better," or "Here's how the Kodokan people are doing this but here's how I like to do it because I'm a small woman."
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So, you say you saw the same thing every time (and who could argue with that?) but I saw variability within the one seminar I went to and I heard reports of more variability between the seminars.  Probably talking about the same thing in different accents - toMAtoe - TaMAHtoe - sort of thing.

More to come on what makes the thing the same or different (I say it has to do with staying within the general parameters and principles under study, while allowing exploration and variation around that theme)...
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