Originally posted by BC
How much and to what extent does your dojo request your help or assistance? Does this cause problems with your personal life? Or does this represent your personal life?
Its a really wide spectrum. My current dojo require little
more than turning up to practice and helping with
the mat. About 10 years ago a club I visited regularly
was building a purpose-built dojo, and used mostly
the skill and time of the students (carpenters, plasterers
and sherpas). Other dojo's have a rota for weekend
dojo cleaning, or insistence on helping with demos.
It also depends a lot on how involved you are in the
dojo. If you train 3-4 times a week or more (if only
we had more classes) it's naturally going to take over
your social life as well, as you're spending a big
proportion of your free time with these people. If you
train once a week, if it isn't raining, and manage to
stop aikido taking over your life, not only will you have
more free time, but your dojo will probably expect less
from you as well.
Ways To Stop Aikido Taking Over Your Life:
1. Don't go to a dojo. In fact, don't go to anywhere that
reminds you of a dojo, like a transvestite club.
2. Resist the urge to have "Aikido", "Masakatsu Agatsu"
or "Go Ahead - Grab My Wrist" tattoed anywhere on
3. Have kids. Have lots of kids. Aikido will still take over
your life, but your life outside your kids will be so small
that you'll barely notice.
4. Avoid the AikiWeb forum and the aikido-l list. Although
these are great places to swap recepies, discuss
music and tell jokes, there is a risk of exposure to
aikido related arguments^H^H^H^H^H^H discussion.
Its just not worth it.
5. Don't talk about aikido. Don't even use aikido
terminology. Open your door with a Personalised
Portal Secuity Manual Override.