This excerpt is from a piece written by Nagato Shihan published in Tetsuzan. It is a timeless piece because of it`s complete honesty. He speaks the ultimate truth.
Don`t be too quick to dismiss his words as being irrelevant to you. Or, that you feel he is speaking to everybody but You. No one is exempt here. We all need to be honest with ourselves and constantly be vigilant in keeping our motivations pure to maintain the true path.
” Some people come to train in Japan from overseas. That requires some doing, and I take my hat off to all such people. However, just coming to Japan once or twice and staying for a few days can`t teach you much. And especially those whose heads are full up and confused with concepts like speed,power,business,etc will find it harder and harder to understand what this budo is all about.
After a few years, they may be succeeding to a certain extent. But then they have to think of how to protect the livelihood,status and honor that budo has brought them, and it`s the beginning of the end. They do not even notice when they slip off the true path, and start wandering through a maze.
If someone doesn`t understand budo , it doesn`t matter how much they wonder about whether the present training system is suited for country X or not: they haven`t got a hope of understanding.”