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Old 02-22-2005, 05:08 AM   #9
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 283
Hong Kong
Re: Has anyone visited the Hombu Dojo?

Christopher Li wrote:
Do they even let visitors participate in gradings? I don't know - maybe if your instructor contacts them (and they know who they are).
From what I've seen, it's possible to get graded as a visitor if your Sensei accompanies you and recommends your promotion (I've seen this happen for a group dan grading). However, this particular grading was separate from the normal monthly dojo gradings.

Christopher Li wrote:
If you're going to be in Japan for a while I'd suggest focusing on training in a smaller dojo where you can get more intimate contact, and just visit hombu for some variety.
If I'm not mistaken, some of the students treat Hombu Dojo as a place for supplementary training - i.e. they belong to the stable of dojos headed by a particular Shihan and train at Hombu on the specific day that the Shihan instructs there... i.e. Chris is right, not everyone lives at Hombu Dojo

I guess it all depends on what you are looking for
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