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Old 05-25-2005, 08:46 PM   #8
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
Re: Aikido A Place to Find True Love?

My dojo has a sort of unwritten rule that brown belts and above should not date blue belts and below. It's probably broken more often than it's followed, but at least it makes people think about what they're doing and limits the hero-worship aspect of attraction a little. A newbie is likely to quit the dojo if they date a sempai and then break up with them; a more experienced person, less so.

I have seen a few women come in trolling for guys, as described by jon, but they tend not to stay long; usually they're gone before they complete their beginner's three month special.

For myself, I must admit that I admire the guys in hakama before and after class - but during training that part of myself is firmly turned OFF. From what I can tell, the same is true of most of the guys I train with; the exceptions to this tend to be very uncomfortable to train with.

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