When a McDojo is close to home
Okay, nobody faint, I’m going to post a half assed serious thread.
I’ve been a MA about 15 years. I don’t have a school per se I have about 3 kids I teach and about 4 adults. I don’t have my own building and I really don’t want the headache. I may at some point get a small one just so I can keep all my stuff there, but I don’t want to start a business.
About four years ago I ran across a guy here in the town where I work that has a “kroddy” school. I thought he was a nice guy and he said he wanted to learn the “real stuff”. So, I started teaching him.
He joined the organization that I belong to and after two years I decided that I couldn’t deal with the way he ran his school and I gave him warnings but to no avail and I quit teaching him.
He was supposed to be a 5th degree black belt in his “system” and he sucked. I don’t have a real problem with a person’s ability if they are trying. He found a black belt in another state that was only marginally connected to our organization and “wormed” his way in to test for black belt in our system.
He passed… barely and the head of the organization made it clear he was not pleased.
Now here we are a year later. He has moved his school to a nicer building and is about to the point where MA is all he does for a living. His “school” is a major McDojo. I don’t think he even has any adult students. He is very near a college, and doesn’t have any of the students in his school and doesn’t even try to get any. His whole school is kids.
Now my problem is, I’m the one that originally “let the fox in the hen house”. He doesn’t wear our organizational uniform very much, and I don’t think many adult darken his doorway, but…
He is still part of my organization, and I want to make sure he at least teaches real stuff and not half assed ****. I have agreed to go over and work with him one night a week. Last night was the first night. I had one of my students meet me there and we trained. He (my student) already knew this guy. At any rate the guy looks like ****. It is obvious that he has not been training. He is about 10 years younger than me and he has gotten fat and slow. After we got done training my student called me on my cell on the way home and said “My God, ‘Bob’ looks like ****!” My student is only a blue belt and he could see it.
We have an expression in our organization ‘There are black belts, and then there are black belts, and belts don’t mean ****.” This guy was sucky, but in the past he was at least good enough to squeak by a shodan test (he was supposed to have 20 years experience in his old system).
So now this is where I am. I am trying to decide if I should just totally blow him off, or if I should go over there once per week and “work his dick in the dirt” and get him back in shape and looking at least half assed. At this point I am inclined toward the latter. I would be interested in some comments from you guys.
I usually have the “Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out” mentality, but all that will do is leave him getting suckier, and fatter and walking around in a tee shirt from our organization. I am not a whiner, or a squealer so going up in the organization is not an option for me. Eventually, they may realize how sucky he has gotten, and I’m sure how they would deal with it is to send me over to whip him back into shape anyway.