In a way I really don`t know how to comment in a non biased fashion on this, because it kind of hits close to home
In our small town of 3000 people the gene pool to draw from is small! I did all the ground breaking to have a martial arts club accepted as a positive contribution to a community of old school ideas that thought I was going to train a bunch of thugs that were going to be looking for fights. I don`t want to go into the reluctance that the school board & recreation committee once had
However after many years of work & demos & articles in local newspapers etc.. the acceptance came. Then a guy that trained Kyukushinkai that used to visit me for training [still does at times & brings his students] decided to open a club aimed at the younger crowd thus drawing from the same gene pool that I had softened up. Then a couple years later one of my students who came to me as a blue belt in Goju ryu & stayed with me till shodan, found a guy to train in Goju & the next thing I now he is shodan in Goju & opening a Goju dojo
I guess he always prefered Goju because they train with some weapons & he always liked the sai. Now we had 3 dojo in my little town. One going for young kids & the other pushing a softer approach. Well the kyukushin club didn`t survive here & the sensei moved to the next town & they are doing well there, I`m happy for him & we get along well! The guy that was my student, when we see each other of course we are respectful to each other, but, I`m sure that he knows that I feel somewhat confused with the way he went about things. As it is, I have the most experienced karateka in the area & apparently we are classed as the hardest more serious workout! So that is the choice that I have made, if you are willing to sweat, then I will do my best to make it happen & we all are constantly improving!
Now Steve; I have said before that you can disagree or razz me all you like, cause I value your opinion & like you have said, if we all agreed it would not be a debate. I understand that if you are in business you have to find a way to draw people in & then keep them & I have sold equipment to students while thinking what the heck are you going to do with that
I just believe in keeping it real & the multicolored social club, IMHO is giving a lot of people false confidence & if some of these people really need to use what they have been taught, they are going to come up short! Gimmicks wont get them home safely