This thread is sort of the flip side to another I just started about an instructor I know who is really down because he can't make any money after teaching for nearly 40 years. Today I spent the afternoon training FMA at a friend's house. His style is different than mine and he lives a long ways away, so I don't get out to train with him often, Still, he is quite good and has never charged me a dime. And it's not like we are really old friends, either. I met him on one of these forums about a year ago. Now, I've known my regular FMA instructor for nearly 25 years, and he's exceptional...I'd say a master. He's not charging me either...so I try to help out any way I can. My Wing Tsun instructor charges me $50 a month. but he only teaches three of us, so every class is a semi-private lesson, and actually, what we are "paying" is just enough to cover his expenses. So, as far as I'm concerned that's darned near free too. I also teach for almost nothing. If a student is broke, they can always work something out. The interesting thing about all of us, is that most students don't stick with it. The currency we value most, ...and that we see the least of is dedication. I read posts by a lot of folks who are unable to afford training. I sympathize, since I've been there. Still, after looking around, I'd say that money isn't the biggest problem. Any thoughts?