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The dojo is a zone where you need to be able to shut off the ‘outer world’ (with its distractions and obligations) and focus completely on yourself and your own progress on ‘the path’…Without having to worry about romancing the opposite sex at the same time! However, what happens before and after the “SHÔMEN NI REI! I never saw anyone abuse the instructor/student relationship.Thinking about what should and should not be going on in the dojo instinctively brings me back to Okinawa, from where I have quite a few memories of “broken” social codes (of which there are surprisingly many! To sum it up – No, I don’t think dating in the dojo is a good idea.
Their training can be a bond that helps strengthen their relationship and vice versa. If they can’t keep their relationship issues off the mat it can create awkward social situations at the dojo.Or if the couple has a bad break-up it may lead to one or both people leaving the dojo.