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    Hi Everyone, this is my first post....forgive me if I don't post much. There's so much to read here....and I think you guys have done a great job covering everything I can think of and then some...anyways, I finally found a good topic for discussion.

    When I was a colored belt, I remember seeing some black belts drive hours to come train with my instructor. I thought they were crazy then. Now that I've been a black belt for some time...I see now why they do that. I find myself driving 3 to 4 hours to train with other black belts...yet where I live, I won't drive to the east side of town to train. I'm geographically spoiled. Anything over 15 minute drive...forget it...I won't show up to class regularly. But when I go out of town, I find myself looking for a kenpo school to go train.

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    I'm spoiled to, don't have to travel far...however if necessary I believe I would travel for it.

    Oh and thanks for finally posting

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    Greetings.

    I used to travel for about 2 hours almost every weekday for training up to Black Belt level.

    1 hour going, 1 hour returning...

    When trafic permitted, it was about 45 minutes each way.

    So for quality, I would travel. If my car was in better conditions, I would more regularly go to other places to train and share. Soon I will be again.

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    I drive 40 minutes from work to my instructor's studio just to teach there. I believe it's giving back to the art and also to take a small load off of him to help teach.

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    I used to drive 6 hours (round trip) on one or two weekends a month to train with my old instructor. That is not counting drive times to get to some seminars I attended with instructors I wanted to get hands on with, the furthest for that one would probably have been 12 hours one way.
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    I travel by train to train (hey...a homonym...sweet). It takes me about 45 minutes to get to Nagoya. If I go to Tokyo, depending on the transportation type (train or bus), it takes me from 2 hours to 7 hours one way. Eww. Does this count me out...since I am not driving...hey I drive to the train station!!
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    Well, my school is about 30 minutes away. That's about the standard distance I've had to drive regularly.

    I drove an hour and 45min. to get to the Ohana.

    Drove 3 hours to the camp in Fresno.

    And I flew 6 hours to get to the camp in Maryland.

    I also had 7 hours going and 10 hours returning in a plane to get to Florida.

    So I will travel a long ways to get training. (It's also easier to meet my kenpo friends if I travel.)

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    I'm lucky now that my dojo is only 15 minutes away. But, we occasionally travel 3 hours for seminars. Even day trips. 6 hours driving and 7 hours training in one day. I slept well that night.
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    As much as I would like to say that I would drive an indescriminate amount of distance/time to get to a great instructor, I have to be realistic...I work for a living, and I have a wife, two kids, a dog, and a cat to support...Gas prices being what they are, I'd have to say no more than a half an hour...
    Currently, I drive 5 minutes...across town...

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    One place where I train is 5 minutes away, the other is a 1.5 - 2.5 hour drive away.

    I train at the far away place a lot more, largely because of a special arrangement that I have with Sensei.

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    I'm currently driving 1.5 hours to and 1 hour from class twice each week. But, I now have a guy to car pool with me and the instruction that I get is first rate. Well worth the sacrifice that is happily made. I really enjoy kenpo and very thankful for those here to encouraged me to seek out the training.

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    I think God has blessed me! It takes me 20 minutes to get across town to my instuctor's, and all of our seminars are here. I should really be better than I am!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadly Mantis View Post
    When I was a colored belt, I remember seeing some black belts drive hours to come train with my instructor. I thought they were crazy then. Now that I've been a black belt for some time...I see now why they do that. I find myself driving 3 to 4 hours to train with other black belts...yet where I live, I won't drive to the east side of town to train. I'm geographically spoiled. Anything over 15 minute drive...forget it...
    I've flown all the way across the planet (Switzerland) to purposefully train with an expert who knew something that I didn't yet know but did want to really learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black St1300 View Post
    As much as I would like to say that I would drive an indescriminate amount of distance/time to get to a great instructor, I have to be realistic...I work for a living, and I have a wife, two kids, a dog, and a cat to support...Gas prices being what they are, I'd have to say no more than a half an hour...
    Currently, I drive 5 minutes...across town...
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    Well, my school is about 30 minutes away. That's about the standard distance I've had to drive regularly.

    I drove an hour and 45min. to get to the Ohana.

    Drove 3 hours to the camp in Fresno.

    And I flew 6 hours to get to the camp in Maryland.

    I also had 7 hours going and 10 hours returning in a plane to get to Florida.

    So I will travel a long ways to get training. (It's also easier to meet my kenpo friends if I travel.)

    --Amy
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    I really do ADMIRE that type of persistence to follow the great trainers.

    It's very rare.

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