Martial Arts is not a religion
Why do so many instructors treat martial arts like a religion? Does it come from the history of the Shaolin Temple, but I am not Buddhist. So why should I treat the martial arts like a religion. Yes there should be a moral code of ethics or rules of conduct, but the martial arts was originally designed to defend one’s self, family, and country.
There are thousands of martial arts styles around the world, and they all have something to offer, with there on identities and cultures. Most of the martial arts are influenced from the Asian cultures. But the question is why so many instructors treat martial arts like a religion.
In the United States there is mixed feelings on how an instructor should be paid for their time. There are many who teach for free or teach to cheaply. I have invested so much time and money for my training, and I will not give my training away for free.
I look at martial arts as a business to help people with their self defense goals, and I do not feel guilty about charging. The way I look at it, if someone really values something, one will find a way to make it happen no matter the economy. Teaching martial arts for free devalues the martial arts and it’s not appreciated.
When someone pays for something, one will treat it differently with a vested interest. But when someone receives something for free it does not matter as much, take it or leave it.
There are so many other activities that charge such as gymnastics, tumbling, soccer etc. and no one questions being charged. But when someone wants to train in the martial arts, people will question the cost. This is due to so many instructors treating martial arts like a religion, and feeling it is wrong to charge too much or even being free.
In conclusion I have invested thousands of dollars to find the best martial arts teachers out there. It cost money for travels, hosting seminars and attending seminars, overhead of a building and so much more. I value the martial arts like gold, and I enjoy helping others.
There are so many martial arts schools shutting their doors every year, due to the lack of income because of this mind set of treating martial arts like a religion.