I think I'm beginning to understand why Funakoshi said that no one should make their living from teaching karate. Np disrespect to all of you who do just that, but once it becomes a form of commerce, the **** hits the fan. Just look at the Olympics, the recent crap just didn't happen when there wasn't money to be made.
Sometimes I think it wouldn't be too bad if laws like that proposed in NJ came to pass. In fact, maybe we should lobby for them to outlaw the martial arts. then we could go back to practicing in secret in the dead of night, get rid of all the hobbiests, and carreerists, and dilletants---oh well, maybe not
Like someone once told me, "Forget all that crap and just train!"
Or conversely, "Don't let the bastards get you down." (I like it better in English, by the way.}
What I'm trying to say is this, I think: the only thing that's important when you get to the bottom of it is to train.
The politics, both in the larger society and within the martial arts world will go an and on and on, and although you have to fight the good fight when you can, but when it gets down to it, you are going to train or you are not going to train, and it's you who's going have to do the sweating. If you really love it, are really dedicated, and all that stuff, you are going to train no matter what. So when you train, just forget all that crap and train.
I took up this stuff to train, and that's what I intend on doing.
maurice richard libby