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Old 03-15-2006, 02:15 PM   #9
Chris Li
 
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Re: Religious Restrictions on Training

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A man has visited my dojo and is interested in practicing. His religion prohibits him from touching a woman who is not his wife. My dojo is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) educational organization, and thus may not discriminate based on religion.

Has anyone else faced this issue? Any suggestions?
I taught an orthodox Jew who didn't feel comfortable bowing to a picture, so he didn't bow - end of problem. Why not just let him come and just train with men? As long as everybody understands the situation it really shouldn't be disruptive (or a major issue) at all.
This issue came up in the New York Times - see

http://www.jewishmediaresources.com/article/529/

and

http://yucs.org/~dwallach/serious/ethic.htm

Best,

Chris

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