Since being sent over here to Afghanistan, I have had a lot of time to think about a lot of things. One of the things that I have been thinking of is free thinking and being open minded in the martial arts. In my schools I have always taught to ask questions, and that anyone can learn from anyone. Over my years of training and learning I have learned just as much from begginers as people that have been in the arts for 30+ years. One thing I have found in the Martial Arts community though is that while many people stress having an empty cup, being open minded or what ever you call it in your school not everyone practices what they preach. Everyone takes pride in the art or arts they study, and this is admirable but once you start thinking that your art is better than what ever art then you are no longer a student. I have always been taught to be a student of the world and hope that I have taught my students to be the same. I guess my rant has ended up with this question, from your oppinions do these closed minded people happen a lot in the martial arts? Also, does your school encourage free thinking?