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Old 02-27-2011, 08:34 PM   #21
Amassus
 
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Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
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Re: Dojo survival in tough economic times

Just a comment on kids' classes. Our dojo had them with a great teacher. However he has since moved on and our main instructor was left looking after the kids classes. Quite frankly he found it draining and the classes were stopped.

Financially, we have almost come to a stand still, just covering our costs through adult membership. Kids class DO pay bills, no doubt about it.

Yes, children are to be respected and their training taken seriously, but at the end of the day parents can't wait to off-load the kids for an hour or so (and pay good money to do so) and taking a kids' class is freakin' hard work.

Just my opinion.

Dean.

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