General Choi, the father of Tae Kwon-Do, was able to do so only after exhaustive research, experimentation, and study.
A holder of a Japanese-style Karate black belt, Choi merged refined techniques from Tae Kyon (an ancient Korean martial art), Karate, and Kung-Fu to form a martial art based on proven scientific principles of energy, power, and movement.
I guess if I have to take a side, I’d say that dating in the dojo is a bad idea.
However, married dojo members are quite common in my dojo and that seems to work just fine. If the couple in question maintain a “professional” relationship on the mats and the romantic relationship goes well, it can be a great thing.
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.
When I started training I was single and I have never dated anyone at any of my martial arts gyms.
On one hand, it’s a great way to find someone with common interests.
However, a dojo is like a family and if two of the family members are dating and something doesn’t work out, that could spell big trouble for the dojo.
Whatever way you look at it, in my opinion, a Sensei has no right to meddle in the affairs of their students and tell them who they can or can’t date. 1) The couple dates in secret and do whatever they’re going to do in spite of any “policies” you may have.
Or 2) One or both people may leave the dojo so that they can pursue the relationship unfettered.