Re: Poll: How important is running an aikido dojo as a business?
I would never say that any teacher does'nt count. What I meant is that to ensure that your dojo remains open so that people can train you should operate it in such a way that you are at the very least not loosing money. I liked and respected my origonal Aikido teacher very much, but he didn't run his school very well from a business perspective. In the end he had to close it down and then I had no place to train. I by no means am endorsing people who go out and start up meaningless Black Belt factory schools. I do feel that you can run your school in a smart cost effective way and still teach high quality Aikido.