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Costanzo sensei's dojo is small in November 2003. There's one third kyu student, two that have passed one grading, and three unranked students, including myself. We have ten 3' by 6' gymnastics mats, put together in the best "t" shape we can, trying to work around the support pillars in the church basement where we're practicing. It's an odd space, but it works with the people we've got, and its nice enough that we continue to grow a couple of people every three months or so.
In February, we pick up an assistant instructor, Gabriel Coleman. He's a past student of Toyoda Sensei's who had stopped practicing, but he ran into Costanzo sensei, and she enticed him back into the realm of the active. That's a big help... He moved to Maine a few months ago, but he was definitely there for us when we needed him.
By early summer, we're starting to outgrow the mats and the space, and a lucky break happens...