Re: Need advice/new guy to area's dojo
I think Peter might be right, this might just be the way of teaching in this particular dojo. There are schools out there that prefer no talking/ very limited talking during class.
Does this dojo just "not talk" during class? Is there an opportunity for you to reach out to a more senior student before or after class so that you can learn the basics of that dojo or find our how things operate there. I think if you take a humble approach like "I'm really confused as to the etiquette/ teaching style/ or technique," then I'm sure you'll find someone more than willing to help you.
Also, I want to add that Grady Lane (Brevard Aikikai) in Melbourne, Florida is really awesome and very open to beginners/ newcomers as well. His school is small so you will get a lot of attention. The folks of Melbourne Aikikai are very welcoming as well.
P.S. feel free to send me a private message if you want to talk more specifically.