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Old 09-28-2010, 01:43 AM   #16
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Dojo survival in tough economic times

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I'm wondering if we need to "bite the bullet" and start a children's program to pay the bills. Desperate times call for desperate measures...
It's a tough time. no question. I know a number of folks who have either closed or have moved back to community centers from dedicated spaces.

I can't imagine how anyone does without a kids program... they pay the bills most places... I don't think that you should look at it as "biting the bullet" to have one. If that's how you feel about training young people, the program probably wouldn't fly. You need someone who is really good with kids to do the program. Someone who actually likes them... This is not necessarily someone senior... they just need to be really good with kids. A good kids program will pay all of your expenses.

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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