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Old 09-24-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
Dojo: Diego Garcia Aikido
Location: Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4
British Indian Ocean Territory
New school Etiquette

Hello. My question for the group is how to properly enter a new school. I am transferring to from my school in Diego Garcia to a school in Pensacola. Do you just show up with a white belt, request a test, or just wear the belt from your old school?

Thank you in advance for any information.

Al Linn
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:16 AM   #2
Andrew S
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Dojo: Kenshinkai Dojos
Location: Tokorozawa
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 102
Re: New school Etiquette

Contact the person in charge of the dojo and ask about protocol. It makes things simpler for both parties.

Warning: Do not bend, fold or otherwise abuse... until we get to the dojo..

合気道研心会 Aikido Kenshinkai
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:44 AM   #3
Dieter Haffner
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Dojo: Tai Wa Lokeren, Budokai Mechelen
Location: Lokeren
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 114
Re: New school Etiquette

Go to the new dojo.
Demand to see the head instructor.
Be victorious over this person (aka kick his ass).
Claim the title of new leader of the gang.

Or... kindly ask the head instructor what Andrew suggested.
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #4
Nick P.
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Dojo: Sukagawa Aikido Club of Montreal
Location: Montreal
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 642
Re: New school Etiquette


Call or email first, and explain that
- you have moved to the area and would like to train at that dojo.
- you had trained at another dojo under so-and-so sensei for x-years, and if asked, confirm what kyu or dan you have been given.

Show up, suit up, learn, repeat.

THEN after everyone feels safe around you, do as Dieter suggested. They wont see it coming.

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Old 09-24-2008, 09:00 AM   #5
Larry Cuvin
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Dojo: Oregon Ki Society
Location: Tigard, Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 269
Re: New school Etiquette

If the dojo in Florida has the same affiliation as the the dojo you are in now, a letter from your sensei would be nice as well.

Plus Ki
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:13 PM   #6
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Re: New school Etiquette

Onegaishimasu. I found it helpful when a couple of new students at my dojo gave me a typed record of all their previous experience, where they trained, the sensei they trained under, for how long, how regularly, etc.

In gassho,


- Right combination works wonders -
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:07 PM   #7
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Re: New school Etiquette

Be humble and helpful... It goes a long way.
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:25 AM   #8
Dojo: Diego Garcia Aikido
Location: Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean
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British Indian Ocean Territory
Re: New school Etiquette

Thanks all! Appreciate the info!
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