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But there is also side of customer, average guy or girl who goes to supermarket to buy themselves a bottle of wine to enjoy in a meal with their wife or husband. They can off course buy a RESERVA or GRAN RESERVA and pay a lot of money for one bottle but I ask myself, if they donít have experience in drinking wine, will they be able to appreciate this wine to fullest? Will they be able to notice different notes and flavours hidden inside? I donít think so. In my opinion they should get themselves a nice young wine or maybe a crianza and start with this. It will be a nice wine, low cost and easy to drink without headaches afterwards. After having acquired enough experience with younger wines they may start trying RESERVAS and when specialist in wine drinking (drunks ???) only then they will appreciate GRAN RESERVA to fullest.
How can we know as a starting budo practitioner if wine (instructor) we are going to have is any good? As with wine there is a label that guaranties quality. Itís called lineage. Ask your instructor about his lineage. Who is his teacher? Who is teacher of his teacher? How long does his art exist? Who are his colleagues, his co-instructors? Only when he can demonstrate his lineage, reputation and authenticity of his martial art we will have a guaranty of itís quality.
He will be accredited by his teacherís reputation and by fact he still is actively training. A teacher who stopped training is like a branch fallen of a tree. It will slowly become a dead branch.
Unfortunately, many people think that they are real wine specialists after having some young wines and therefore can pass judgement on quality of RESERVAS and GRAN RESERVAS. How more wrong can they be?
First find wine guaranty, next start trying young wines and CRIANZA and finally when you are ready you can enjoy RESERVA and GRAN RESERVA.
Peter Vermeeren is a martial arts practitioner and teacher for over 30 years and runs the martial arts and fitness information portal called Kamikaze : http://www.kamikaze-portal.com , home of the magazine called RENSHU. Peter teaches traditional martial arts and self defense all over Europe. Here is his personal site : http://www.takaharudojo.org