Re: When to start your own dojo.
'starting your own dojo' tends to be something that some people are keen to do in other martial arts (mostly those popular with children) for financial or ego reasons. I've been doing aikido for around 14 yrs before I started a dojo but I only did that because there were no dojos around to train at (so it was either start one or don't train). I feel in many ways it was too early to start my own dojo, though it has been an enormous learning experience. I do aikido because I am fascinated by it and I want to get as good as I can at it. When you teach you have to sacrifice much of your own practice, though it can be replaced by a deeper understanding of the principles of aikido.
My advice, NEVER start your own dojo unless you have to. Be greedy and focus on your own improvement. (Or possibly if you feel you have developed sufficiently to be better than all the local instructors, or you have discovered something about aikido which the local instructors are not teaching).
P.S. teaching within your own club is different - that is something you may do out of responsbility to your own sensei
Last edited by ian : 11-15-2004 at 08:13 AM.