Re: Need advice/new guy to area's dojo
You are looking for the warmth of your previous dojo. It is understandable as it makes training so much more fun when it is more like a family. I'm curious how many practices did you attend at the various dojos you visited?
No matter the person's affiliation, whether or not they are over weight, a heavy smoker or if they tend to go fast shouldn't matter as long as quality is there. It is difficult to make a good assesment in a short time.
You are looking for a specific atmosphere and teaching style. When you are looking for something very specific it will be difficult to find.