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Old 01-07-2018, 03:35 PM   #1
Dojo: Yoshinkan Aikido / Brisbane
Location: Brisbane
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 2
Going back to training

Hi All,

So im coming back to training after a 7 month stint. More since i been with the same dojo 8 years and concerned what Sensei would think since he is a traditional japanese Aikidoka. Am i being to concerned about this and should focus on training ?
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:57 PM   #2
Dojo: Kitsap Aikido, Poulsbo, WA
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 51
Re: Going back to training

Unless your reason for leaving involved some heated argument with your sensei, you are probably being overly worried about it. Just some offhand remarks like "it has been way too long..." and "I forgot how much I enjoyed this!" ought to be enough.

If you did leave after an argument, be genuinely humble and repentant. Keep an apology short and simple; being long-winded or making a spectacle of yourself is false humility.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:17 AM   #3
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,202
Re: Going back to training

Talk to your sensei. Whatever the terms of your hiatus, your sensei is a human being. If you stopped speaking to a friend for seven months and then wanted to resume your relationship, don't you think a conversation first would be a good thing?
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:37 PM   #4
Dojo: Yoshinkan Aikido / Brisbane
Location: Brisbane
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 2
Re: Going back to training

Hi Thank you for your response.

No falling out.

I just have alot of respect for my Sensei
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:32 PM   #5
Dojo: Aikido Club of American Samoa
Location: American Samoa
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 177
American Samoa
Re: Going back to training

Bring him a little gift and ask to start training again.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:51 PM   #6
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 374
Re: Going back to training

I wouldn't be to concerned. It happens all the time. I suspect he will be pleased that you returned.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:40 PM   #7
Avery Jenkins
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Dojo: Litchfield Hills Aikikai
Location: Litchfield, CT
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 158
Re: Going back to training

After training with her from the late '90s to 2008 or so, I left the dojo for nearly a decade. I finally got my various damaged parts pulled back together to begin training again about 1 1/2 years ago. I was nervous about what Sensei would say when I asked her if I could return, but all she said was "We'd be glad to have you back!"

I don't think that would be an unusual response.

Avery Jenkins
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:35 AM   #8
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Location: Orlando, FL
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,502
Re: Going back to training

How could your sensei think it better for you not to return? I think you are worrying about nothing. Be humble; train hard...
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