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Old 01-31-2008, 10:57 AM   #1
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Dojo: Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja Aikidojo; Himeji Shodokan Dojo
Location: Renton
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,225
Business and Budo

Hi folks,
I'm curious about how traditional Budo relates to running the business of teaching it. Somewhere I've picked up the notion that fees charged should be minimal and that the primary effort should be the spreading of this useful practice. I'm not saying this is necessarily the way it should be and I can understand as much as anyone about the need to support oneself, so i don't want to come off as overly idealistic.
I'd really like to hear from the folks who already run a dojo (or have run one), what are your views on this relationship? Do you think capitalism should be the primary drive (ie-making as much money as possible) or should it only serve the bottom line?

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