Dana Sheets wrote:
So even if you never make yourself a business and do not collect dues - if you issue a diploma to someone you can be seen as a liable party because you are the "instructor" even if you not getting paid to be one?
Verrrrrrry interesting. IMO, if you are teaching somebody privately, not collecting ANY compensation, and you give them a diploma saying "black belt," then you aren't running a business. That doesn't excuse gross negligence on your part, but you would should not be liable for an injury caused by one student to another.
If you run a school, and some students pay, then you are a business.
If you hold yourself out as a "Karate School," but do not charge anything, you are in a gray area. To fall back on an old chestnut, this would have to be viewed on a case by case basis. However, if you personally do something negligent or dangerous, you will be held liable.