A few things to add. The first is that it's ok to switch teachers. You aren't taking and oath to your teacher. Although I'd love to have had the one teacher, at least for me it has not worked that way. You may find that even though you checked everything out you didn't click with your teacher for some reason. It's ok, you'll live, they'll live and you won't be expected to commit suicide with a bokken.
You should stay away from contracts. Probably not an issue for you but it can be here in the states. I don't know of a single mainstream dojo which uses them. I'm sure there are some that do but be warned that the contracts I've seen are a note payable here in the US and can be factored. So a dojo can sell them on you, go broke and you may wind up paying for time you didn't get.
Last edited by Erik : 07-01-2002 at 01:36 PM.