- Aug 3, 2015
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Your training focus is not in alignment with their teaching focus and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm always running my mouth about the importance of training martial arts based on the purpose in which it is to be used. Your focus seems to be more aligned with self-defense or competitive sparring (Lei Tai or continuous sparring). If there is another school that has that focus then you can just change schools. Changing schools will allow you to build on your existing techniques. If there isn't another school then you would need to find one that teaches with the focus of self-defense and competitive sparring.I have trained in Tang Soo Do at the same school for about six years. I earned my second dan. About two months ago, I talked with the head master and decided to discontinue the course. Since first dan, the black belt class has left me wanting more. I am hungry for practical and sensible (functional) skills. Three points of contention exist for me. Forms
I understand forms have a use and purpose. But but when forms make up most of the curriculum and class/ testing time, I ask myself what the use is.
Purpose of the school. In the past few years, there has been a shift in the goal of the school. Instead of creating martial artists, it is more about giving everybody an equal chance to grow and achieve. The head master has gone more the ministry route (After becoming a grandpa). There is instructor-itis. As a way to encourage young students to stretch and grow, a vast majority of black belts and brown belts have been brought into the instrucor program. Considering the size of the school, that's about 33 instructors and instructors in training. Most of them are far too immature and inexperienced as non-adults.
Nose looker downers. Mostly from the immaturity an lack of life experience, a number of the young instructors look down their upturned nose at the likes of me. I don't make things look pretty. I don't make forms look beautiful. I don't have a dainty method of performance. I love sparring. They think it's too aggressive and distasteful (Mostly the young instructors).
I suppose the last point would be the discouragement of competition. In the headmaster's opinion ,fighting is wrong and competition is never against others; only against yourself. Now I was raised with five rowdy brothers. Competition is as essential as air. I thrive on the adversity of a tournament.
I would like to find a more suitable school, but for now I am on my own.
Just from my own experience in my style. Training Jow Ga to do the forms correctly is not the same as training Jow Ga for self-defense. A brand new world opens up when a student trains with the focus of self-defense.