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Old 04-07-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
Joseph Madden
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 160
Heading back to the dojo....

After a four month sabbatical and some soul searching, I'm returning to my dojo. I've continued to train by helping out a junior class that a fellow student teaches at a local university so I've stayed relatively limber and working with these newcomers has been like a breath of fresh air for me. To often at my home dojo you end up dealing with the "I want to be a black belt now" mentality and if you end up using effective technique on them they leave because they can't take the pain. I was also upset with the way some students have been advanced. In my mind I don't think they deserved their advancement, but since the economics of a dojo often require my sensei to make some difficult choices, I came to an understanding. The first class felt good and my sensei let me know there were no hard feelings by giving me a "little extra" with his shihonage. He's still got it. Now all I have to do is prove that I can eventually get it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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Re: Heading back to the dojo....

Welcome back. I hope to join you on the mat soon.

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