Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Talk' started by Headhunter, Feb 3, 2018.
Yeah, I get what you mean. A lot of schools, I think, make up for poor programs by providing aftercare, but aftercare isn't in itself a bad thing. Personally, if I could enter into some kind of arrangement to be next door to a childcare center, and have them walk the kids over a few times a week, that would be so perfect.
Yeah, that's shady. They're trying to hide how much it costs. I'd be really uncomfortable with that.
Agree on all counts.
Ugh. Yeah, that's no good.
It may be a bit of both. We don't require student to buy gear from us, but we do encourage it. We have had some students buy some cheap/used gear online and it often ends up 1) not being the right kind of gear, 2) not fitting them right, or 3) not being good quality and falling apart quickly. We retail gear that's high-quality and will last them for years, and they can try it on before they buy it.
I’ve got no problem with the organization requiring someone to buy their approved gear. My current organization doesn’t have an official list of what brands and models are acceptable, but they’re pretty specific about the type of gear. Everyone having to wear the same stuff really comes down to everyone being protected. I don’t want to spar someone who’s got stuff that’s too heavy or too light. Then the head of our organization made the rule that the gear has to be either all black or all white. People were showing up with ridiculous colors and designs. Some people were wearing all different colored stuff, like every piece was a different color. While it’s not that big of a deal, it kind of goes against our tradition - everyone wears a plain white gi with our organization’s patches (one on the chest and one on the arm). Everyone wearing the same thing keeps everyone on the same level and prevents a fashion show, outdoing each other, etc. I don’t know why I like that so much, but I just do.
My former organization required us to buy their gear. It was about 10% less than catalog prices. It was Macho gear with our organization’s logo on it. This was before the internet. They weren’t doing it as a cash grab; it was so people were protected adequately and no one was coming in looking like a clown.
You all have some good points about the gear. I just tend to buy everything we have (especially kids stuff) second hand to save money. It never occurred to me that the things I bought wouldn’t be allowed. I don’t see why not since it looks the same as their stuff. Other than not having a record of my purchase I don’t know how they can tell it apart.
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i think sometimes that is the issue right there. items may look identical but but have a quality difference. gloves may look the same but the padding could be sub par and injure people. the only way for the instructor to know that every pair is decent is to have people buy the item he provides. it could be a quality assurance issue, or it could be for profit margins. who knows.
If it looks exactly the same, and fits them, it's probably fine, though it might fall apart more quickly if it's not high-quality. But I know we've had some parents that bought stuff second hand to save money, and got karate point sparring gear instead of Olympic-style TKD gear. The parents didn't realize there were more than one kind of martial arts sparring gear.
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