Re: What exactly is an independent dojo?
I train at a dojo that is not affiliated with anyone. When I asked the sensei why. He said he was not into the politics and paying dues to some outside organization. He said that if we affiliated, our fees would go up and he doesnt see any point in charging his students any more money for dues. He says his philosophy is hard training not papers and affiliations. It will not make you better on the mat according to him. I'd preffer to be affiliated but I liked his dojo the best when I was shopping around (5+ years ago). How expensive are affiliations anyway to a dojo owner?