“A Good Student (part 2)” by by Gregor Erdmann

“Each aikidoka has their own motivations and goals to their practice. For some it may be self-defence, others may be driven by self development. It is the student’s responsibility to a large extent that they find a school and teacher which will satisfy their wants. It is good etiquette that a student conforms to the Dojo culture, and especially relevant to those coming from a different school and different background.

Although the student to teacher dynamic is important, a Dojo’s culture is centred around the student to student relationships. Junior students will always look towards the senior students for guidance on behaviour and Dojo etiquette, and it would be regarded as a last resort if the teacher was required to instruct on this matter.”

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