It is that "other" qualities of the dojo, the teacher, the fraternity, the formality, the rank, the discipline etc. that is the glue that not only brings them in, but keeps them active in the dojo for years and years and years!
Must be some truth to that. I`ve been hanging in there since 1976, lined up with thousands over the years and 3 others from the seventies still line with me. Some moved on to start thier own dojo`s
Considered just doing the informal thing recently with others but I agree ...not the way to go. Ok for short time but not the same "magic".
Considered my own dojo down the coast but then Victor wouldn`t worry about what I`m teaching on Thursday nights
He has allowed his senoir ranks the freedom of expression, he often lines up with the class and lets me and others teach.
One of the key factors in a dojo is the head instructor, he/she must have the ability to evolve yet maintain the core values that is Karate-Do regardless societies "whims" of the day. We are in a "want it now society" and many misunderstand respect. You may have acquired your skills through years of dedication but now it`s simply a product..."What is the timeline that I
can posses it?"
Drive through Karate classes
In my opinion, the dojo should be an escape from what is occurring in our lives, those that understand that are the students of the future.
You can take speed reading course to read your book real fast, or you can curl up with a good book
My God...I think I`m getting old