Robert Townson wrote:
I wanted to know at what sort of level would you consider high enough to visit and train in Japan.
I have always want to go, but have only been training a short time. Is there a "guide line" level someone should be at before even thinking about visiting the Hombu?
No need to worry -- Hombu is where I started and where I still am. I bought my keiko-gi on the first floor right before my very first lesson, put it on, and jumped right in! In the classes for beginners, there are always new people starting for the very first time, especially in the Sunday morning class.
The instructors in these classes for beginners are very patient and used to teaching "newbies." I am impressed with every one of them; some of my favorites are Irie Sensei, Osawa Sensei, and Ito Sensei.
Hope this helps!