Originally posted by ian
Do you think Aikido should be profit making?
I teach at a local YMCA where they charge quite a bit for our aikido classes. I trying to get them to offer the classes free for Y members minus association dues & testing fees.
Now, on to the real question!
The dojo/program should be able to support itself as well as covering the dojo cho time and expenses. If the dojo cho is a full time instructor then yes he should make a good living. And why not? If the instructor has 20 plus years studying aikido its fair to say that he's spent a lot of his own money in tuition, testing fees (4th dan & up..Wow!), seminars/camps, association dues, hosting other sensei, etc.
The question of making a profit from aikido is not a bad thing. It only becomes a problem when you compromise your integrity to make a buck!
Any full time dojo cho have any insight??