Janet Rosen wrote:
what makes you think every dojo fits that model?
I suspect that some modern US dojo do not, but Japanese tradition suggests that most would follow the Japanese precedent.
Here in the UK I have never found a dojo that operates as a community - instead, rank = status, and sensei makes the decisions. This is the model that they inherited from their Japanese teachers (in the 50's & 60's).
At least it's not as strict now as it used to be
If anybody knows of a UK dojo which does operate as a community I'd be very interested to hear about it.