I recently came across quite a long post by a senior ranked TKD master dicussing a political situation within their art. While I know nothing of that situation it did prompt the question of how much politics has changed the martial arts as a whole and people' own martial arts journey . For myself I see more martial arts as whole being changed, possibly because I haven' reached any great height within any organisation. Politics altering the arts though, one person''s idea or method being pushed forward because of alliances rather than any practical reason. Techniques being withheld from some or taught early to others And of course belt promotions are often tainted with politics. So how much has politics directly or indirect influenced your journey in the arts Is politics inevitable where groups are involved? Similar to 'lucky punches' are politics only claimed by those who feel hard done by? Are politics worse then before or has it always been this way? And whereas politics is always seen as bad are there any positives to it?