Don J. Modesto wrote:
People seem offended at the dojo in question. I'm not. They sound like a serious bunch. I'm guessing Iwama, maybe, or Chiba's dojo. Whatever. Visitors may contribute nothing other than variety. At higher levels this is interesting and useful; at 4th KYU, it's only a damned distraction. This is before we factor in possible unctuous demeanors...
That's what I say - it's all about what's in it for me!
Truthfully, visitors can often be a distraction and a hassle - but I prefer the atmosphere in open dojos.