What time does your class starts? And ends? For mine, it should starts 7.30pm in the evening, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. My sensei teaches at National University of Singapore of Tuesdays, and is usually out-of-bounds to non-faculty practitioners.
So we will all turn up at the stipulated time, for class. Well it is normal, if you have a dojo, that only have a locked door, to the mat. For us, we have to unlock the door, and lay the mats, that is not before, we vacuum and mop the floor clean before the mat is laid.
And since my sensei is always the first to arrive, he will vacuum the floor, mop it if the students are not early to help out, lay the mat and have the place turned into the dojo, to welcome the students.
My lesson starts, when i reach the dojo, as early as I can. not 7.30pm.
That includes mopping, vacuuming, setting up the lights, laying the mats, stuffs like that. It is not a matter of ‘Mr Harry’ being transformed into ‘Harry sensei’, after we onegaishimasu! He is sensei to me, when i see him, the moment we meet.
I’m not chiding my fellow students the matter or on punctuality, we all have full-time salary paying jobs which we need to rush off, to get to the dojo on time, at the very least. I make a point to arrive as early as i can as I relish the interaction with Harry sensei, and even on non-Aikido matters, to hear him constantly cuss the landlord for dirtying the place, and still does his best to clean up the place. To talk about the bird shit on the floor, the stains, the uncleared rubbish, and still continue to clean up the place, vacuum and mop, vacuum and mop, day in day out, regardless of the number of students turnout.
So if my fellow students can, please turn up earlier, help the sensei with the chores, as he does the cleaning for us, while we should be the one doing it for him.