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Old 05-10-2005, 01:23 PM   #18
Dojo: North County Aikikai
Location: San Marcos, CA
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 72
Re: Starting Up a Dojo

I have been very fortunate to have grown to about 12 - 15 constant members in 2 years time. I have not used any advertising, but believe the website has attracted the majority of students - the rest word of mouth.

My biggest recommendations are:

1: Be patient: your school will grow, give it some time.
2: Be consistent: Always show up to teach ontime. Always teach as if you have a packed mat, even if you have only 1 student.
3: Have fun: if you are having fun, your school will thrive.
4: Keep Learning: Even as you grow into becoming a teacher, continue to study with your peers and those who have come before. It is a great gift to give your students; seeing their teacher learning from others.

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