Originally posted by ca
So is there anything that you do to welcome new students into the dojo, or is it not necessary? Anything you liked when you were new? Or would have liked?
My first impression of aikido was that I'd found a place where all the people around me were making enormous efforts to teach me something that seemed unbelievably difficult. Our dojo has no formal or even informal ways of welcoming new students, but I remember feeling very welcome - everyone was bending over backwards to help me. Some years down the track, I try to pass that feeling on to newcomers and help them feel comfortable in other ways, for instance by staying after training to help them practice ukemi.