Why does everyplace have to devolve into a McDojo?
1) My health club is getting rid of the hanging heavy bags because "they don't fit with the image they want to project." They're being replaced by spinning bikes and a surround sound studio.
2) The kickboxing instructor at my university's athletic facilities kindly suggested that I not bother joining his classes, because his classes are "meant to create an environment where people can develop their self-esteem, not their fighting skills."
3) It took me 45 mins to drive over the Karate Dojo where my Kenjutsu class was being held today. But when I got there I just couldn't bear to walk in and head to class, because there was a Little Ninja's Birthday Party going on. The place was swarming with little kids, kids running around dressed up as ninjas, swinging mini kendo shinais and breaking fake cardboard bricks. When I walked in the door, one of the parents asked me if I was there to entertain the kids. I looked at my gear, turned around, and drove home.
4) The MT gym I've been training at for the past year has now decided to implement a new growth strategy. With two facilities, one in Toronto and the other in Thailand, and all the fighters to support, two of whom have won World Championship Belts in Thailand, the gym has now decided to branch out by offering Corporate Fitness Instruction, a kid's program, self-defense classes, fancy new color photo ID membership cards, and a clothing line, complete with an upscale MT fashion show at one of the local night clubs in the entertainment district.
WTF??? Please help me understand what the hell is going on, or just negative rep the crap out of me, so that I can just say **** it, and never come back.
I realize that everyone needs, and deserves, to make enough money to survive, but isn't there some place honorable and financially viable, between abject poverty and becoming a McDojo?