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Old 02-12-2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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sharing a dojo with another club


My dojo has been running in the same building for a few years now, it is a local community centre. We have our own mats and other equipment.

Last year I started attending sessions at another dojo, which later closed down. The sensei looked for another venue but couldn't find anything affordable.

He asked me recently if he could rent the same venue on a different day and use our mats. I have not replied to that yet, and I am wondering if anyone has an experience of sharing a venue with a different club. Any thoughts, suggestions?

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Old 02-12-2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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Old 02-12-2004, 11:30 AM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
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Hello Anonymous,

This is something I have thought of before, but think it would be too hard to pull off. I'd love to join forces with a friend of mine who has a dojo, and try and make it better for both of us, but since we belong to different branches of the same organization, it is really impossible. I think it would be even more difficult if the two groups are completely different organizations. How on earth would you set this up? Seems like it would just open up a huge old can of worms.

One of the best solutions, if you can find it, is another martial art that uses mats, and share space with them. I would love to share space with a judo group or with jujitsu or someone else who needed mats; makes great economic sense, plus it brings more people in to the dojo period.

Good luck,
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:11 PM   #4
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I agree with Rachel, two aikido clubs in one place sound like problems. I know of two clubs in another art, where one moved into the other's dojo when they got 'homeless'. This style is very small and I suppose the people know each other well. In the long run, though, I guess that they will either merge the clubs or they will go separate ways.
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Old 02-13-2004, 09:55 AM   #5
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Dojo: Hallamshire, Sheffield
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My dojo shares space both with our sister Aikido club (made up mainly of police officers) and also with a TKD club. It's never really caused major problems between the three clubs. In the week we train after the TKD club and they always get the mats out and treat them carefully and we tidy everything away after we've finished our session. The TKD club may be moving to another venue soon, though. It will be better for us because we'll be able to train earlier, but we'll also miss having someone set up the mats for us!! lol

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Old 02-14-2004, 10:07 PM   #6
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Dojo: Shodokan Honbu (Osaka)
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Unless there are very clear differences between the two clubs you are asking for trouble down the line especially if some group wants to expand.

PK vs Aikido ok

Judo vs Aikido ok

Shodokan Aikido vs Aikikai I would be wary.


Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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