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Old 05-30-2004, 11:10 AM   #7
Dojo: Wokingham Aikido
Location: Reading, UK
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 393
United Kingdom
Re: Relationships on the mat. A good thing?

Troy Copes wrote:
No. I would be just another Aikidoka, but I would be higher ranked than her.
Could be a problem if you take on any responsibility for teaching her whatsoever. In the dojo that's best left to the instructor, and couples who try to teach each other tend to run into resentment type problems.

Can you cope if she ends up way better than you? She could be a natural. Can you cope if she decides it's not for her? She may not want to continue in Aikido even if you do.

Lots to think about here. I suggest that you don't bring your relationship onto the mat with you. When you're there you're two students, not an engaged couple.

Good luck!

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