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Old 11-05-2004, 01:14 PM   #21
redsoxfan
Dojo: Rhode Island Aikido
Location: eastern connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2004
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Re: Poll: How important is running an aikido dojo as a business?

Hanna,

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.
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