…..Well in martial circles it is a dirty word. Politics in the martial sciences is in many ways out of control. To many groups, to much in fighting and attempting to control a very small pie. It really is unfortunate when many Training Halls, Dojo’s, Dojang’s, etc. are all about business and well that is their bottom line. When the martial sciences are all about a business then that is a problem. It also inevitably leads into politics and who can attempt to control the piece of the pie in their area. A long, long time ago I was very put off with this type of behavior. When I would see instructors or practitioner’s in general worrying about everything from the business side to what they were going to do about their competitors. So in IRT for many, many years I taught completely outside and had no over head. It was absolutely fantastic! When I opened up the main Training Hall here in Alma I did it in a way that the Training Hall literally pays for itself and the practitioner’s dues go toward equipment. So you can imagine the great equipment that we have. I do not see other local martial schools as competitors but instead allies in training people in the martial sciences and improving our area. I have tried to expose practitioners to other systems of the martial sciences. Even more so I have always continually brought in practitioner’s from all kinds of systems so that IRT practitioner’s will be exposed to as many people as possible. My martial goals are to improve my skill sets regularly and those skill sets of the people practicing with me. That is what in the end it is all about. Not about how much money you can make or what some one else is doing. No, no, no the martial sciences are a true gift to pass on to future generations. Make an impact by making that your goal!
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