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Climbing the latter, some climb faster than others.

Climbing the latter, some climb faster than others.
Soke Stacy Huffman - Fri Mar 28, 2008 @ 08:51AM
Comments: 8

Climbing the latter, some climb faster than others.

Jefferson City, Missouri is a small and reserve City with some of the most wonderful people in the U.S.

The Community of Jefferson City and the surrounding area always seem to be leery of new business but once they get to know you look out. The floodgates have been opened.

There are several Martial Arts Schools in Jefferson City. Some I agree with, some I do not.

Everyone teaches for his or her own reasons. Some for the Tradition and some that try to make their living at it.

I for one do things the "Dojo Way" and as result of this we have some the best Karate students in the United States. Students move up at their own pace not on set a testing schedule to meet next months expenses.

I how ever do agree that any training is better than none. My idea of a Black Belt is completely different than some of my fellow Jefferson City's Martial Arts Schools. My Idea of a Black Belt is based upon the traditions and ideology of heritage as well ability.

I open our doors to all other Martial Artists. We work out any time or place in hopes of learning. It saddens me that many of the other Martial Arts Schools Jefferson City close their doors to us. They simply close their eyes and try to wish us away. Unfortunately we been here since the 1970's and wont be leaving any time soon.

What an opportunity missed.

We work out with some the best Martial Artists in the Missouri and the U.S. Its truly great!

I'm really not trying start fire but those with experience in Karate will tell you that there's  nothing like 6-year-old Black Belt that gets them fired up.

They say a Blog is to stir the pot soo let me know your thoughts on the subject.. Please be courteous and respectful of others.

Soke Stacy J. Huffman

Comments: 8


1. Mr. Dogooder   |   Sat Dec 30, 2006 @ 04:30AM

Let me take the defense, All Martial Arts Schools are a business, “period!” You have to pay expenses just as any other business. You have to make money to allow your school to grow and prosper. You have to create the economic base that will allow you to pay for such expenses. There is of course Ethics and Quality of Services.

If the Consumer is taken advantage of he or she will before long will begin to realize what is happening and drop such Services.

2. Soke Stacy Huffman   |   Sun Dec 31, 2006 @ 08:18AM

Point taken Mr. Dogooder,
My question to you, is when the consumer realizes that he or she is being taken advantage of and they are on 1 year or 2 year contract?

3. Tommy   |   Sun Jan 14, 2007 @ 03:39AM

I disagree, if ALL martial art schools were set up as just a buisness, traditional hardstyle arts, like Go-Shin-Kan, wouldn't only have 5 students per class, or instructor. There is definently a diference between a class were you line up 30 students, tell them all to do "this", and "that" and say good job, here's your next belt.
The sad thing is people pay twice as much. The more belts the more money right? So i agree, SOME martial art schools are set up as purely a business. Personaly, I pay for knowledge.

4. Mr. Dogooder   |   Wed Jan 17, 2007 @ 08:23AM

Huffman Sensei,

“Word of Mouth” is a powerful thing. People will begin to talk about being “Trapped” as it were. If they are in that contract situation then it is because of the lack of research into the services provided by that area.

With the prospective of business in mind how many traditional styles remain competitive with the local martial arts business.

Who’s martial arts school is nicer?
Who has the best Equipment?
Who pays their bills on time?
Who knows that they will make money the following month?
Who can tell their instructors that they can make a sustainable income to live on?
Who has the money to advertise?

My point in short, you walk into a dojo that has nice matted floor and equipment vs. walking into a building with a concrete floor and ragged equipment.

Where would you sign up?

5. wreckingcrew   |   Fri Jan 19, 2007 @ 11:22AM

My Question is if your child or yourself can go somewhere where the true love and respect of what ever sport they are participating is what drives and motivates there training wouldn't you want to go there? Or would you rather go somewhere where greed politics and fancy equipment are the number one priority.I teach my children that they should put forth there best effort in anything they pursue. I do not buy them belts or trophies or any other type of recognition they are striving for. They have to earn them . And contrary to popular believe your child does need to learn to fail to become a winner. If belt color and certification is what you are looking for without real traing and discipline . I would be happy to order your belts online and create your certifcate on my pc and sell them to you cheaper than some schools would charge you to participate in one session. In Closing if I walk in to a dojo that has a concrete floor and equiopment that is older and they have proof of heritage and can back what they promote . The real proof is in what you can do not what a piece of paper says. Talk is cheap. I do not mea to be disrespectful but I have seen both sides of the spectrum.

6. Soke Stacy Huffman   |   Sat Jan 20, 2007 @ 06:42PM

Mr. Dogooder,

I would have to say that I would sign up with the instructor that has the most knowledge and experience not the one with the prettiest wrapping paper. When I walk into a Dojo that has well used equipment and concrete floor, I get very excited because I now that a good work out is coming.

As far as the rest of your questions I can and do see your point. I believe it more of choices that one takes as bills are paid.

I would have to agree with Tommy and Wreckingcrew. A dojo is much more than a pretty wrapper it is what you learn and what you put on the Kumitie line.

7. Push-Up Clan   |   Mon Jan 22, 2007 @ 05:36AM

I know that after 1 year in a different style of martial art I would have attained five belts if I signed a contract. Having understood the hollowness in the two belts in one "Free month", how could I look on any student and "Teach". My strongest belief in some of the weaknesses of America is a lack of value in this generation. What I am trying to say is children do not seem to understand the value of a Dollar. Traditional dojos and American dojos also have differences in value. In a traditional dojo a student's respects can be payable by duties or chores. In an American dojo the respects must be money because a student is not allowed to have such access to a dojo. I am trying to show a difference in the idea respects. Go-Shin-Kan has taught me to replace the duties or chores with money. The comparison of all Martial Arts Schools being businesses is accurate from the view "Services rendered by compensation". This knowledge does have a price tag. What a student does after receiving the knowledge is where the value is either lost or honored. When a student does not earn their money to pay for the knowledge the knowledge is not valued. If parents choose to have a child earn their respects then the knowledge is valued. When I read what Wrecking Crew writes I know that those children probably have duties or chores, that turn into money, that turn into respects to the dojo, which shows the Sensei that the student values the knowledge. I wish all parents could read and respond to this. Thank you for allowing me to "pay" respects for the knowledge of Go-Shin-Kan which I will value for me and my children.

8. Derek Hawes   |   Wed Jun 20, 2007 @ 10:42AM

I have to agree that any training is better than no training, my only concern is that the instructors involved with the training of our children are there for the right reasons. As a student myself as well as having my wife and son as students I personally need to know that our progresion has more to do with actual knowledge of and respect for our system than whether our sensei drives a new cadillac every year. A true instructor should BELIEVE in his style, his students and himself.