i'm thinking of starting an FMA club. advice?
So i've been training Balintawak for about seven years now and have recently relocated to a new area. To my knowledge there are no Balintawak groups in the Orlando area. In october i'm hoping to test for completion of the art. Right now i'm a level 5 under Bobby Taboada, i'll be testing for level 6 of course. The highest rank in the system is level 7 but to reach 7 you have to bring a student up to level 6 in addition to developing a number of your own techniques. I've been ready to test for level 6 for some time but have been busy over the past year so october will be my first chance to test, I feel more than ready for it, to me it's more or less just going through the formalities and getting my rank.
I want to start my own small club for a few reasons; I want to include more live sparring and hitting tires and I want to continue to develop my Balintawak game. The art I train is relatively simple; combat with a single stick. I want the focus of the club to be applying the art to actual live stickfighting and striking targets with power.
I've never taught before aside from a couple of friends but nothing for more than a few months. I don't plan on charging anything to students and we'll probably just train in the park. I want to format the class like I imagine a kickboxing club works. A moderate to heavy calisthenic warmup. Lots of emphasis on bagwork with the sticks and making contact with tires. Surprisingly the groups i've trained with so far focus mainly on technique and little time in class is spent hitting things and even less time for sparring with sticks. A portion of class devoted to technique, drills ect. And some light to moderate sparring on a regular basis. For now i've found a sparring formula that works for me; a light weapon, fencing mask, gloves, elbow protection, knee pads, and cup.Power is medium but enough to make the opponent respect the stick. Example, if an opponent ignores or brushes off a few shots without trying to defend, up the power until the opponent feels they have to. This sparring formula results in plenty of bruises but is light enough to do frequently.
I also, train with 2 local FMA groups and plan to keep training with them but I don't want to step on any toes. I've mentioned that I need to get a student to reach level 7 to one guy I'm training under who runs a group and he was optimistic, the other group doesn't really ask about my previous FMA training. I just don't know what to say. I don't want to say "hey xxx students i'm teaching now come train" but I also don't want them to feel they're not welcome to come train. I also see some akwardness when sparring with the group I already train with. One instructor sounds like he plans to get into sparring but i'm new to his group and so are most of his students. The other group doesn't spar that I see and I don't know what the instructors would think of me teaching their students to spar.
Any advice to a newb starting a club would be appreciated. Where should I post flyers to find students? What should I include on the flyer? I want to keep a casual FMA club vibe. I'm not trying to make money or start a school.