Re: Training fees
When I started I felt that aikido should be free....:-) Since then I have come to understand that you have to pay! Whether it be by cash or by working in the dojo you need to pay for the privilege of learning from a good instructor (note I said "good instructor). Your teacher has likely put in years, even decades of training, to be able to impart his/her knowledge to you. Even if your teacher is rich you need to show your appreciation by paying their required fee and helping out. If you don't feel that, then I would suggest you haven't been at the dojo long enough or you should be looking for another teacher. Beyond keeping the lights and water on it's about showing your appreciation for your teacher's dedication.