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Old 10-26-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
Brad Darr
Dojo: Aikido of Flagstaff/Seibukan Aikido Kobe
Join Date: Apr 2004
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New dojo Etiquette

So I have recently moved to Japan to teach, I posted a while back before I left and received a lot of help which I appreciate. So I have been here about a week now and finally will have time to go and train on Friday(I had planned on doing it earlier but I got lost in Kobe!, yes very funny I know). I am aware that traditionally in Japan when you come to someone's to visit you bring a gift and I was wondering how it would work in a dojo situation? If I was just visiting for one day I would obviously bring something just to be nice but I am planning on training 3-4 times a week for the next year maybe more, do I need to bring something the first time or is there other etiquette I need to know? I was hoping that either Peter Goldsbury senssei or Bryan Bateman would be able to weigh in on this as the latter lives in Hiroshima and the dojo I plan on training at is Seibukan that Bryan mentions regularly. Any help is appreciated as it is Wednesday here almost Thurdsday and I plan on training Friday morning. Thanks again.

Brad Darr
Very recent addition to the gaijin population in Japan

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Old 10-26-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
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Re: New dojo Etiquette

Please tell Nakao Sensei that Ron Tisdale (yoshinkan aikidoka from Phila.) says hello! I hope he comes back to train in North Wales again.

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Ron

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Old 10-27-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
Brad Darr
Dojo: Aikido of Flagstaff/Seibukan Aikido Kobe
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Re: New dojo Etiquette

Hey Ron I passed on your message as best I could, I only speak enough Japanese to order sushi! Nakao sensei is amazing though, I love that I have this chance to train with him often. He laughed when I told him that I know Bryan Bateman from the internet, appearantly they get a lot of foreigners who come to the dojo on Bryan's reccomendation. If you are planning a trip to Japan anytime soon the morning classes on MWF are the best.

Best,
Brad

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