Tradition (and money)
From: Jason Bernard
Date: 10 Sep 1998
I was just discussing this very topic with an instructor friend of mine. We were just thinking about how many good schools went down the "dark path" just to stay
open. Maybe some of the schools out there started with the best of intentions, but
noting a lack of students and perhaps under pressure to simply survive as a school watered things down "just a little". And then later just a little bit more, and then a little bit more, and then a little bit more, until the good intentions were long since washed away. It becomes so easy to step over the "next line" when you have already crossed the line a dozen times. This is why as Phil and yourself state we must stick to our guns! We cannot give in to what we feel is wrong. I
commend you for keeping the tradition of good martial arts alive, as with the other instructors who do so.
A friend of mine was at a tournament a while ago giving a demonstration. He didn't know at the time that the "martial arts" tournament was in fact one of those flashy, dance tournaments. He was very concerned over how his demonstration would be taken since he was doing a very traditional small circle standup jujutsu, hardly very flashy. Well, after the tournament his instructor had many people
asking him about his school, his style, etc. He evened increased enrollment by several students (hooray!). Perhaps, we as non-flashy traditionalists need to make ourselves more visible to the mainstream. At least this way everybody would be able to make a clear choice. I.e. I feel that many students are sucked in the black hole of non-traditional martial arts because they don't know that there really is anything else out there, and certainly know nothing of its power (of heart, mind and body), and their instructor certainly isn't going to tell them any different.
What do you say? How do we solve the problem? As Phil below stated if all traditionalist do is rant, then we lose. We must take action ... so what action should we take? Opinions?