hey guys, after lurking around for some time, i've finally mustered up the courage to ask the martial hulkists here : what are your views on the money you're earning?
i'm from a place where arts (painting, dance, fighting, etc) is frowned upon as anything beyond simple interest. "office jobs" are all the rage, and the trend doesnt seem to show signs of cooling down soon.
case in point : the first professional MMA fighter EVER from my country has only emerged in the past one year. he hasnt even had a fight yet. this dude is from my gym and we have high hopes on him, but that isnt the point.
martial arts instructors seem to earn a pittance in relation to other jobs in the local market. they even have to turn to coaching classes at community centres. not that this is a problem in itself, but equipment is frequently lacking and classes are way too huge. normal stretching that would take at most ten minutes can go on for an hour. most of it is spent lazing around and chatting, and trust me, the quality of the students are bullshido-worthy.
i think i've digressed. where i live, the rate of renting and maintaining a gym is so high that you can barely recoup your capital. only a few gyms have managed to expand.
this issue is close to my heart because i love to, and i want to fight. but my elders disapprove very strongly. in their eyes, i would be throwing away my future. i'd like to hear from you guys. how much does fighting in smaller promotions earn you? does coaching provide a viable income? how would you compare your occupation to others who have white collar jobs?