A new opportunity!

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  1. chinto01

    chinto01 Black Belt

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    Well it has finally happened. For a year now I have been having a battle with myself as to wether or not open my own dojo or start my own class. Due to my wives work schedule changing I can no longer attend my friends dojo the way I would like. All that being said a few people have approached me in regards to training so last evening 5 of us met in my back yard for our first class. As for now funds do not dictate me renting out a store front space so in the winter I have someone who will let me occupy their garage. To me this is the beginning hopefully!

    In the spirit of bushido!

    Rob
     
  2. MJS

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    Awesome!! Congrats!! And don't worry about not having an 'official' school right now. I've had some of my best workouts in the backyard and garage. :) Sounds like you have a good, dedicated group! :ultracool

    Mike
     
  3. Drac

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    The best of luck to ya...Keep us posted...I hope your dreams become a reality in the not too distant future...
     
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    Congrats! If you can't find a nice garage, check around with schools and community centers - perhaps there's one that would be open to you holding your class there.
     
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    Excellent....this is the way to start.

    :)
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Best of luck and congrats
     
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    excellent. I have also thought of doing this, as I have been approached by a couple of friends who have a desire to train with me. It hasn't gelled just yet, but I'm happy to see someone else on a similar path. Best of luck!
     
  9. chinto01

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    I have been a bit skeptical about starting in the backyard and training in garages but then I remembered that that is how some of the old sensei used to teach. Thanks for all the support!

    In the spirit of bushido!

    Rob
     
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    I think that's one of the best ways to do it. Small groups, lots of hands-on. I much prefer it to a big commercial school. I think it's the way it should be, to be honest.
     
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    Good luck! I'm currently training in a garage dojo myself. Some of the best learning opportunities occur in such informal circumstances.
     
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    Good for you. I am hoping it works out for you. Just because you don't have a official dojo , etc.... Doesn't mean the training isn't real! HAHA Keep up the good work.
     
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    Very cool!
    We want updates.

    AoG
     
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    Good luck!

    You do know that this is plural, right? No wonder you've been so busy! :D
     
  15. Deaf Smith

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    Rob,

    Try a dance studio or gym. They will let you start a class for a percentage of the take. Do that till you get enough students to break even if you want to rent your own place. Otherwise you will go in the hole for quite a while till you get the needed students (and their $$.)

    Deaf
     
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    I started in much the same way. It more or less evolved on it's own from there.
     
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    In fact after only 3 years I'm starting classes at a 2nd location. I held some pre-sign-ups this past Friday to see how many to expect, and I have 10 commited students which covers my expenses for that location. That's on top of signing up 8 new students last week in my current location!
     
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    Sounds like you are doing a great job, keep it up.
     
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    That is how my old training pal started....out of his garage, and now he has his own dojo running for the past couple years!

    Oh, and you da Man for having such supportive Wives!!;) I jest....I couldn't help myself :p
     

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