Re: The Dojo Seed-The big question.
Hi Jeff... I was in a similiar situation as yourself... the wife and 5 kids with the dojo being 40 minutes away - having to balance training and family commitments, etc... I opted to build my own dojo with the theory of "if you build it they will come". I have been very lucky and have established a small yet tight nit group of serious aikidoka. I recognize that not everyone can afford to build their own school. I have found that it has brought balance back to my life... I am not spending too much time away from the family to commute to and from and train in Aikido, plus how many kids get to grow up with a dojo attached to their home? I now get to train 6 days a week and see my family too!