I appreciate the props. More than you know. I honestly did not expect such a good reception from it, I expected a bit more bitching.*chuckle*
DM, I have an offer. In the event you would like to come see a class and get a real, unbiased opinion up here, I will gladly house you for the weekend, and even feed you...and as the belly should show, I'm an excellent cook. If this is at all possible, let me know. And I look forward, DM, to the day you are comfortable enough with me so I can spar with you in a not so alien environ...which was a perfectly apt way to put it.
I will continue teaching, and you are absolutely correct, I have every intention of integrating everything I learned....that's the whole point to this. Wisdom from many sources, and I'm a damned idiot if I didn't learn from Thursday, and an even bigger one if I didn't pass that on.
As for charging...well, that's a simple one. Equipment costs money. Weapons cost money. Kickpads and punching bags cost money. Hall rental costs money. Gas to get there, and take students to get personal EQ costs money. I DO work an IT job, and I do make a fairly ridiculous amount of money doing it, but that money is tied up by the expenses of living...and my girlfriends stupid car, which keeps breaking. 15 dollars for a 5 hour lesson, or fifty for a pack of four, isn't the kind of money someone charges when they are hoping to do anything other than MAYBE break even. Even ALL eq concerns aside, I live in AUSTRALIA....which has the highest rate of skin cancer, due to the big ol' hole in the ozone, so not renting a hall? Nuh - uh.
And I'm a vampire, remember? I can't deal with the sunlight.*snicker*
Though, in all seriousness, after 5 hours, hell, after -1- hour in this Ozly sunlight, I'm a freakin' lobster. So teaching without a hall is simply out of the question.
I'm not even remotely interested in making money, and if I could win the lottery, build a training hall, and buy EQ for everyone I teach? I wouldn't charge a penny.
Oh, and on a sidenote...I neeeeeever even remotely implied that training in the Grill is a good way to prepare for MMA Tournaments. Not even a little. Just to clear that up.
Also, on a quasi related sidenote...I encourage my students to seek out and try other martial arts. The Grill is absolutely not for everyone, and if someone can get what they want in a different, safer environment, then I would prefer they be there, getting what they were really after. The Grill appeals to a certain kind of person, and for that kind of person, other Martial Arts just don't cut the cheesecake.
Anyway, thanks again! And should DM post the videos of Big Jim tossing me around like a little girl, well...I promise I am more enthused to see them than you.*chuckle*