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Old 09-22-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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Why do you operate a dojo?

Why do you hang a shingle and teach?
Is it for fame and fortune?
Is it because you have something to offer?
Is it because you want a place to train?
Why???
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:36 PM   #2
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Why do you hang a shingle and teach?
Is it for fame and fortune?
Is it because you have something to offer?
Is it because you want a place to train?
Why???
At the time I started the Shudokan School of Aikido, circumstances were forcing me to leave the dojo I was in but I really was enjoying learning from our Shihan, Hiroshi Kato so I opened my own dojo so I could keep studying under him. I consider myself qualified only to get beginners started and after that, they are free to find a more experienced and qualified instructor locally.
Best wishes,
Jorge

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Old 09-22-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

Funny choices. Who's really going to post and say 'for fame and fortune'?

Although partly just because you'd sound like a bit of a nut ('cause we all know so many rich and famous martial arts instructors, right? I think it's probably right up there with 'teaching art lessons to kids' in terms of fame and fortune.)

Oh yeah, also the fact that I wanted to be the boss and have people bow to me. And because I know so much that people need me.

I don't operate a dojo, so I can't answer seriously, just amused by the wording of the question. Probably unintentional but it seems like a bit of an invitation for people to brag about their humility and selflessness .
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:54 PM   #4
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

How do you take a large pile of money and turn it into a small pile of money? -> Open of dojo of course!

Teaching is a fantastic learning modality!

Marc Abrams
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

I wanted to practice 7 days per week and Boston was too far to drive.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:15 PM   #6
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Why do you hang a shingle and teach?
Is it for fame and fortune?
Is it because you have something to offer?
Is it because you want a place to train?
Why???
I want to do it because I want to rule the world and I need well trained minions to do so.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:05 PM   #7
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

I did it because I didn't find what I was interested in, what I was thinking, wanting to do, how I felt it could be done, etc., elsewhere.

David M. Valadez
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:40 PM   #8
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

Because I'm a masochist.

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:06 PM   #9
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

  1. To teach under a certain shihan.
  2. To train with my kids instead of having them go to a kids' class and me go to an adult class.
  3. So I can have a class 1 block from my house!
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:22 PM   #10
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

To paraphrase another philosophy I practice...

To keep it you must always give it away.

William Hazen
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:26 PM   #11
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

Simply, to train the way I want.

Mark
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:40 PM   #12
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Onegaishimasu. I have operated a dojo for 16 years. Roughly 50% of those years the dojo paid for itself. The other 50% I call 'paying my dues' to take on a mission; to teach aikido and empower people and why? Because operating the dojo is my response to the overwhelming problems of society and the world. Does it work? I like to think it does.

In gassho,

Mark

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:19 PM   #13
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my response to the overwhelming problems of society and the world. Does it work? I like to think it does.

In gassho,

Mark
I like that.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:14 AM   #14
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I like that.
me, too!

Jennifer Paige Smith
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:07 AM   #15
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Re: Why do you operate a dojo?

I do it to have sibling souls to practice with.
And to be free to pursue the direction aikido leads me.

Stefan Stenudd
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