Scheduling Conflict and Ramblings
It doesn't happen often, but there are days when my wife and I are both busy on the same night and we can't score a babysitter somewhere. Given the recent problems my dojo has been experiencing, I thought it best if I just pack it in for the night and volunteer to stay home with the kids.
Last Friday night I swung by Shodokan to speak with Mulligan sensei. I asked about joining up and he requested that I try and communicate with Whelan sensei one more time to find out what his plans are. Basically, I've been given the impression that Bob is closing things up for a short while. I've gotten no impression that he's ready to open anything up soon. It's kind of obvious that he can't devote his full time and attention to it at this point anyway so his waiting may be a good thing. I emailed Bob again as Mulligan sensei asked and have yet to receive an answer back. I only hope that life for him improves enough that he can communicate again. Because I've gotten no acknowledgement back from him I feel like I'm running off. In fact, I have no real choice but to go elsewhere as the dojo is going away and I have no idea when he will re-open. That doesn't change the fact that I feel like I'm doing something disrespectful. While I am extremely patient person in general.... waiting around to see what he's going to do isn't good for me or my aikido.
Kim has since joined another dojo closer to his home for saturday classes and plans to join Shodokan for a class during the week. He's not overly serious about aikido but appreciates the benefits it's given him so he wants to continue. Hey, if you see him, no finking on me. He's not aware of this blog.
I will likely join Shodokan this week. I'm not sure when I can come exactly. My wife was excited about all the class times and rattled off like 4 classes I could attend this week. I am going to enjoy the more consistent class time and the shorter commute. I will seriously miss Bob's teaching. Realizing of course I am a beginner still, I've seen maybe 6 other people teach classes and I have to say that learning from Whelan sensei has been a great experience. If he opens a place somewhere I hope to show up a on occassion.