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MMRobinette
12-26-2008, 01:05 PM
All I have had a desire to get serious about aikido for awhile now but I travel most weeks for work and am not home Mon - THurs. Is this going to be a block for me to get started in this Martial Art? Or could i begin looking into dojos close to my work sites? Thoughts??

lbb
12-26-2008, 01:42 PM
All I have had a desire to get serious about aikido for awhile now but I travel most weeks for work and am not home Mon - THurs. Is this going to be a block for me to get started in this Martial Art? Or could i begin looking into dojos close to my work sites? Thoughts??

I've got a similar situation -- I travel most weeks and am away Wed-Fri -- and I am able to train. Whether it's doable for you depends on what's available for training, when and where. There are good reasons, which I'll go into if you want (but others could explain better), why as a beginner you would not want to start in two different dojos in two different locations and train a couple days a week in each, so you sort of have to find one that's either convenient to home or work. Which to choose? All other things being equal (which they never are), training close to home is good if:

1)you are pretty settled where you live, and a change of job location is a lot more likely than a change of residence.
2)you don't spend every week away from home
3)the dojos near your home have classes on Fridays and weekends, the days that you will be home.

Training away from home might be the better choice if:

1)you think you'll continue working in that area for a long time
2)you can't find many training opportunities near home on the days that you are home
3)you have family or other personal obligations on the days that you are at home, and training would create a conflict.

So, yeah, it's doable, but some things need to fall into place. I'd say take a look around at what's available in the two locations.

Luc X Saroufim
12-26-2008, 08:13 PM
are you a brand new student or are you an existing student that is "deciding to get serious?"

if you're a new student, Friday - Sunday is good enough to get you started at least.

what people usually do after that is wait until their schedule opens up and use that opportunity to train more.

MMRobinette
12-27-2008, 08:17 AM
I've got a similar situation -- I travel most weeks and am away Wed-Fri -- and I am able to train. Whether it's doable for you depends on what's available for training, when and where. There are good reasons, which I'll go into if you want (but others could explain better), why as a beginner you would not want to start in two different dojos in two different locations and train a couple days a week in each, so you sort of have to find one that's either convenient to home or work. Which to choose? All other things being equal (which they never are), training close to home is good if:

1)you are pretty settled where you live, and a change of job location is a lot more likely than a change of residence.
2)you don't spend every week away from home
3)the dojos near your home have classes on Fridays and weekends, the days that you will be home.

Training away from home might be the better choice if:

1)you think you'll continue working in that area for a long time
2)you can't find many training opportunities near home on the days that you are home
3)you have family or other personal obligations on the days that you are at home, and training would create a conflict.

So, yeah, it's doable, but some things need to fall into place. I'd say take a look around at what's available in the two locations.

My current client is a long implementation in NH. I believe we'll be there through at least July. I am actually a brand new student. I did take classes for about a month in Louisville, KY but then we moved to North Carolina.

I've been checking out dojos close and havent' found one that has Friday classes but they do have Saturday. I'll keep looking though. I have found a dojo about 20 miles from the hotel i stay at.

Do you believe 7 months is long term enough to begin training there?

MMRobinette
12-27-2008, 08:19 AM
are you a brand new student or are you an existing student that is "deciding to get serious?"

if you're a new student, Friday - Sunday is good enough to get you started at least.

what people usually do after that is wait until their schedule opens up and use that opportunity to train more.

Unfortunately the only opportunity i've found locally is on Saturdays but they have classes throughout the week.

Thanks to both of you who have responded its a big help.