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Old 10-26-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
Brad Darr
Dojo: Aikido of Flagstaff/Seibukan Aikido Kobe
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 49
New dojo Etiquette

So I have recently moved to Japan to teach, I posted a while back before I left and received a lot of help which I appreciate. So I have been here about a week now and finally will have time to go and train on Friday(I had planned on doing it earlier but I got lost in Kobe!, yes very funny I know). I am aware that traditionally in Japan when you come to someone's to visit you bring a gift and I was wondering how it would work in a dojo situation? If I was just visiting for one day I would obviously bring something just to be nice but I am planning on training 3-4 times a week for the next year maybe more, do I need to bring something the first time or is there other etiquette I need to know? I was hoping that either Peter Goldsbury senssei or Bryan Bateman would be able to weigh in on this as the latter lives in Hiroshima and the dojo I plan on training at is Seibukan that Bryan mentions regularly. Any help is appreciated as it is Wednesday here almost Thurdsday and I plan on training Friday morning. Thanks again.

Brad Darr
Very recent addition to the gaijin population in Japan

the edges of the sword are life and death
no one knows which is which
-Ikkyu Sojun
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