Federationless

Discussion in 'Korean Swords and Sword Arts' started by Daniel Sullivan, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan Grandmaster

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    While this has been a long time coming, the day of reckoning finally arrived on Friday. Last December, my former GM dismissed our head kumdo instructor, Master Choi, a 6th dan volunteer instructor, due to what could be termed creative differences.

    On Friday, my former GM and I ended our lengthy association at his initiative. We parted ways respectfully; ultimately, he does not like that I and a former instructor from the school are still friends. There is more to the story, but that is the bare essentials and all that I am willing to share online.

    I still hold my former GM in fond regard, so I am not venting about it; the disposition is what it is and I learned a great deal while attending his school and had some very, very enjoyable years. The end result is that I am now independent with regards to kumdo. Essentially, he was too, having created his own local federation.

    I have maintained my contact with Master Choi, who was my primary instructor while I was at KMA, and will continue to do so now that I have parted ways.

    I have spent the past two years refining my own curriculum with my students and at this point, I'm pretty much going in a different direction from that of GM Kim anyway. Should be a fun road ahead.

    Daniel
     
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    Carol Crazy like a...

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    You're an intelligent person that cares deeply about your students and your art. While no one knows what the future will bring, I suspect you'll find several interesting choices on your journey, and I bet you'll be able to make something good out of whatever path you choose.

    All the best for whatever comes next! :asian:
     
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    I was dismissed by my instructor years ago over what could optimistically be called "philosophical differences." It's been hard to lose the person I looked to so long for guidance. I hope it goes well for you. It seems like you have a positive attitude and a bright future ahead of you. Good luck.


    -Rob
     
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    Brian King Master Black Belt

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    I believe that everything happens for a reason. It is good that you can remain positive and see the good in both the past training/relationships and look forward to the training and relationships of the future. Sometimes the cutting of bonds is not the parting of a safety net but rather the removal of constraints. As you have already discovered in the last couple of years of refinements, the journey always continues.

    Good luck and good training
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  5. Daniel Sullivan

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    Most definitely.

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