This probably isn’t going to end well.
Our martial arts instructor is highly skilled in his field.
He is well educated in his tradition and able to teach.
He is a strong, charismatic personality and an able communicator.
His authority in the dojo during times of training is unquestioned and earned.
Unfortunately, he wants to extend his authority beyond the boundaries of the class.
He believes certain foods are to be consumed and certain ones avoided…a normal thing for those who coach athletic activity.
When his beliefs are challenged, when an exhausted parent dares go to Wendy’s, recriminations are loud and harsh.
He wants everyone to work toward “elite” status and compete in tournaments in distant cities.
Some…most…families cannot afford those expensive trips.
Those folks parenting skills and devotion to their children is questioned.
If they really cared, they’d find a way to come up with the money.
The martial arts classes are to be the focus of the student and the family with school and work being the only higher priorities.
People are afraid to speak of a family vacation that will have them absent for a few days.
Changes are coming he says with a hint of a threat…sloppy devotion will no longer be tolerated.
His ways will be followed inside and outside of class and money will be found to support his goals…or else.
Your worth inside those walls will be based on your compliance.
There is much turnover in the school…but as one goes out the backdoor, one comes in the front.
He’s a really good teacher…
We as a family choose to honor and respect him within his area of authority…and set limits on where that authority begins and ends.
My son wants to know why I’m not intimidated by the master and the potential of inciting his wrath.
I’ve been in this church before.
Make your own application…