Thursday, June 16, 2011
Do What You Do
As martial arts change, evolve, etc., you see so many martial arts schools add whatever the current craze is to their curriculum. Karate and Tae Kwon Do schools add Cardio Kickboxing, Grappling programs, Krav Maga, etc. It is not a bad thing to make money, but a lot of instructors go to weekend seminars or just fabricate the credentials to teach something new. As a pro kickboxer, I have gone out of town and looked in the phone book to find a kickboxing gym to go train at. Upon getting to the gym, I found out that it was really a kickboxing gym, but a Karate school. To me, that's false advertisement and it's lying to people who join. I've had ladies come in the gym and say they've kickboxed before and you ask them to do a kick and they do a dance step before they kick. People confuse Cardio Kickboxing with Kickboxing. Martial arts have become commercialized and that's OK. They are part of American culture, but I would like for gyms and schools to teach with truth and integrity. There are guys with zero to a few amateur fights teaching at "Fight" gyms. Unless you put in the time to teach something, stick to what you do.