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langenoir 04-17-2019 05:46 PM

How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
I'm moving to a new city and I am lucky enough to have a number of different dojos to pick from. I'd like to try all of them before deciding. I've been training for a few years now. How long would you give each dojo to get a feel if the dojo is right for you?

Walter Martindale 04-18-2019 05:30 AM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
What I would do is email their contact, explain that I’m new in town, and that I have practiced aikido in the past and ask if I can watch a session to get a feel for the dojo before committing to a members. It’s worked for me in the past when changing cities.

If they won’t allow it, that means I don’t have to waste my time visiting them. If they say it’s fine, I watch a session and ask if I can join in the next practice as a guest. From there, I get a sense of how they operate and make any decisions based on their aikido and my sense of how they go about their business.

mathewjgano 04-18-2019 01:09 PM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
It would vary, but I guess it would depend on what I would be looking for.
Define your goals and that will probably help. Perhaps you've already done that. All in all, it's a case by case scenario, as far as I can tell.

Larry Feldman 04-19-2019 09:09 AM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
Take as long as you need, it's your decision - not theirs.

Walter's suggestion is 'proper etiquette', it is still hard to determine all things from 1 visit.

Is the style what you want out of Aikido?
How do the treat beginners?Do you like training with the 'general population'? Do you think you can learn from that teacher?

Garth Jones 04-28-2019 11:25 AM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
All good suggestions. Walter's point about a dojo not allowing you to watch a class is spot on. If they seem unwelcoming to visitors, or actively discourage people from checking out other dojos in the area, or even have an oddly high mat fee for visitors, it's a big red flag.

Take your time, explore your options, and you'll find the right place.

ninjaqutie 07-04-2019 11:31 AM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
I find that verbally first impressions are accurate. Most places give you one free trial, but you could always just pay a drop in fee, which should be less than $20.

Currawong 07-09-2019 06:28 AM

Re: How long to get the feel of a new dojo
 
I reckon as long as it takes to feel "I want to come back and train more with these people." or "I don't feel good coming here."


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