Jim Simons wrote:
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?
I think its just human nature Jim.
I've travelled quite a bit and find there are some students that are intimidated by older strangers with hakama that may train differently...
and there are others that nearly knock you over in their desperation to tap into your experience.
I was encouraged to be part of the second group from my 1st day in the dojo...Was probably seen as very pushy as a result.
Luckily I've got very thick skin!