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11-24-2003, 03:34 AM
My financial situation is nearing, or perhaps more-so, passing, crisis point. The one thing I have that is serving most constructive merit is of course, our beloved Aikido.
I was planning on perhaps talking with my Sensei, suggesting that maybe I could undertake a few dojo chores in exchange for the lesson fees, as it were. But I'm unsure i) of the neccessity of any dojo chores, or perhaps insinuating that I thought the standards weren't high enough by suggesting so. or ii) if this would be a viable suggestion in itself.
I'm having to borrow a great deal of money to get through regular days, with petrol costs to and from college, and whatnot, but am really, so loathed to let my Aikido slip, as it did last time I fell upon financial hardship.
Any suggestions about how to approach this situation, please?
11-24-2003, 03:41 AM
Talk to your sensei, telling him just what you have told us. I am sure he will come up with some solution to your problem.
Overall, sensei are here to help you as well as to teach you. They should not be moutains that are inaccessible, at least in my opinion.
This is really very much dependent on your sensei and the 'tradition' for dealing with such situations in your dojo. If your only option is to quit practicing, then I think you should definately go speak to your sensei. Perhaps he will allow you to sign an IOU so you can pay back later. It's very much up to your sensei, but what ever agreement you make, make shure it's out in the open, so that no talking will occur in the dojo.
In stead of doing chores in the dojo you could concider taking a part-time job, if that's possible in your area.
Hope you can work something out.
11-24-2003, 12:05 PM
You could save a lot of money by taking public transit instead of your car, IF it is available.
As you are not destitute yet....
Privately tell your instructor of your situation, and ask if his class have discounts for paying in advance, for a block of lessons of 10/12/20/?? for struggling students.
See where this leads.
From there it will come down to the work you have done in the past, I am (relatively) sure.
11-24-2003, 02:11 PM
For the first few years of my practice I was a poor single mom. I worked in the dojo office, produced the newsletter, organized files, helped prepare for special events, or whatever was needed. When I was able I began to pay dues.
Speak to your teacher -- there will be a way.
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