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Old 08-21-2009, 10:59 AM   #43
sisley
Dojo: Mushinkan
Location: Osaka
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Re: Training at Aikikai Hombu Dojo - Experiences

It's good to remember as well that Hombu Dojo gets a large amount of visitors all throughout the year from various dojos throughout Japan and throughout the world. Some visitors stay for a class or two, some may stay longer, but the core students must find this a bit tedious and wearisome. Certainly, I've been to other dojos in the US where the core members have not welcomed me with open arms. And not speaking the language confidently, I think, makes that situation even more difficult because they (the core students) don't know if you can speak the language.

My experience training at Hombu was fine. I enjoyed chatting with some of the guys in the locker room and hearing stories from one elderly gentleman from the days when he trained under O-Sensei. Of course, this was all done in Japanese.

Yes, it is a formal place. Yes, perhaps a little more pretentious than other dojos. But I think that's what we would/should expect from the Hombu Dojo.

just my thoughts

--jimbo
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