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Old 05-25-2006, 12:17 PM   #1
Lone Shinobi
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Does anyone wish to teach in my town?

I have noticed a problem arising in my town alot. We seem to lack any interested instructors that actually want to teach Aikido in my town. But all of the reasons that I read about on this site as to why they should not is kind of dumb.The population maybe a problem as well as money. But money should not be the reason for teaching. The students should matter more and not some form of profit. We train for the love the art,not because of money or popularity. There are plenty of decent people in my town waiting for someone to have the guts to teach down here.


What does it take for someone to recongize us potential students?Does it involve us doing a massive parade just to get someone's attention? Come on...we are not that dead? Are people going to continue to let TaeKwanDo schools and Karate schools have all the chances at finding good students? We are waiting for answers.But how long must my friends,myself and and many others wait until someone stands up and hears us out?
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Old 05-25-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
Mark Uttech
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Re: Does anyone wish to teach in my town?

Believe it or not, "money" does matter, because aikido instructors need to make a living too. Perhaps there are no instructors in your town or nearby. Bummer. But remember the saying: "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear"? Well, you and your friends should be getting ready.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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Re: Does anyone wish to teach in my town?

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Derrick Hall wrote:
I have noticed a problem arising in my town alot. We seem to lack any interested instructors that actually want to teach Aikido in my town. But all of the reasons that I read about on this site as to why they should not is kind of dumb.The population maybe a problem as well as money. But money should not be the reason for teaching. The students should matter more and not some form of profit. We train for the love the art,not because of money or popularity. There are plenty of decent people in my town waiting for someone to have the guts to teach down here.


What does it take for someone to recongize us potential students?Does it involve us doing a massive parade just to get someone's attention? Come on...we are not that dead? Are people going to continue to let TaeKwanDo schools and Karate schools have all the chances at finding good students? We are waiting for answers.But how long must my friends,myself and and many others wait until someone stands up and hears us out?
Back in the day, the students went to the teacher if they were really serious about their training and wanting to learn, so here's a thought. Move somewhere that has a great teacher, immerse yourself in your training, get your shodan and premission from that teacher to teach and open a branch dojo, then move back to your hometown, open a dojo and problem solved.
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:43 AM   #4
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Re: Does anyone wish to teach in my town?

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Back in the day, the students went to the teacher if they were really serious about their training and wanting to learn...
My sensei started training with his sensei while living in California. After my sensei moved back to Michigan he would fly out to CA twice a year and bring his sensei to MI twice a year for seminars.

One of the local kendo sensei used to drive to Chicago, IL from Battle Creek, MI (2 hours, 47 minutes/170 miles) to train because there were no kendo dojo closer.

As with anything, if you really want to do it you'll find a way.

Bronson

"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:31 PM   #5
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Re: Does anyone wish to teach in my town?

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Steven Miranda wrote:
Move somewhere that has a great teacher, immerse yourself in your training, get your shodan and premission from that teacher to teach and open a branch dojo, then move back to your hometown, open a dojo and problem solved.
A...men.

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Believe it or not, "money" does matter, because aikido instructors need to make a living too.
yep.
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