Alternate thread to VOE on new dojos
Hi Mr. Linden;
This is in response to your starting a thread about there being no new start up dojo in the Florida market (for ASU at least).
I just wanted to let you know that start-ups are happening in our area (Michigan), but certainly not on any type of grand scale. I am in the process of starting a club (USAF) within a chiropractic clinic, of a very small scale. Neither insurance, nor the cost of the mats is the major issue in the start up. The biggest obsticle that I see so far will be to have brand new students without many, if any, experienced aikidoka other than the teacher. This is a daunting prospect, and will definately be a challenge. It seems from some of the conversations that I have been having with other folks, that there are a lot of really small scale operations happening in my area at least.
Hope this gives you some idea of the state of aikido in some of the other states.