I've been thinking about the concept of 'training'. At least in the gay community, men often say that they are seeking 'training' or 'additional training' or something like that, and I find myself wondering what those phrases actually mean. On the one hand, 'training' implies a goal; you're training for something, like a marathon or to be an electrician. Used that way, if a guy says he's seeking training, he's looking to develop his skills as a submissive. He's done rope bondage and wants to try mummification, or whatever. He's been a part-time slave and wants to try 24/7. On the other hand, this word 'training' can, I think, also simply be a short-hand for a hook-up or sex in any power exchange setting. Playing submissively in any form is 'training'. Used this way, even the most experienced slave wants training simply because that's the thing they crave. So what do people think. What does 'training' mean to you? Do you think I'm right in parsing it this way, or do you think that 'training' usually means learning something new and progressing? One reason this has gotten my attention is that I'm a new dom, with only a few months of practice at this. If a guy wants progressive training, I always think "well, what do I know that he would want to learn? I'm still learning myself. How could I possibly offer him some skills or insight when he knows more about this stuff than I do?"