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Old 07-24-2006, 07:26 AM   #16
Dojo: Wokingham Aikido
Location: Reading, UK
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 393
United Kingdom
Re: Poll: How active are you in your aikido dojo's community?

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.

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