Thread: Seiza by ranks?
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Old 02-17-2005, 08:17 AM   #16
Jim Simons
Dojo: Aikido in the Fan
Location: Richmond, VA
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 21
Re: Seiza by ranks?

Our dojo doesn't make a point of lining up in rank order, but I had the chance to train with a great group of folks in Reading, UK, and it was the custom in their dojo to sit in rank order. Being a guest, and being fairly junior in my home dojo anyway, I erred on the side of caution and sat below the guy in the sweat suit, and that seemed to suit folks there.

However, I did notice that in general, when pairing up to train, folks didn't mix up very much; they tended to train within their rank groupings more or less and this was easy to see because they used a colored-belt system. Is this the way it usually works in sit-by-rank dojos?

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