Don't get me wrong. I understand when you put your energy into something and stay with it for a while and provide support for the organization. It becomes a part of your life and your perception of yourself. Been there and done that. What I am saying is that there is life after a separation, don't be down on yourself or beat yourself up because a small group of people is down on you. Of course, I am not saying you, specifically, but anyone. Did it bother me when I had words with my former teacher and left? You bet your ass it did. Do I miss some of the people, the exchanges and what we used to do? Absolutely! But then I also will never throw away or ignore the many good things I received from it and a few of my close buddies from then, regardless of my lack of status with the organization. My intent was to try to cheer up those that are now out of the club and point out that they still have their skills.
Also, so people understand that this isn't the SDA group this is the Chinese Shaolin-Center group. Different from the one you left just the same forms done....ah but that is another thread.
You know, I did not even know they were that separate. Yes, you are right about the different thread thing. Amazing!
Yeah there are IMO four.
There is the SDA that you know headed by Leonard.
There is the CSC headed by the Soards.
There is the Atlanta CSC (zero Soards association) headed by Grooms.
Now the Splinter group of nine west schools.
And GMT treats them equally and deals with them separately? (Except for the newest group).
AZ state law and not just by the Soards) is "persona non grata" so far as The' and the Soards have indicated.
I will also add a confirmation that that school and the other break away schools are doing well. In the Phoenix school in particular there has been a pretty good showing of late of how much the instructors have from the students. They have been up front with what has been going on and answered numerous question from students about what this means going forward. I think to date I have not heard of any students being dis-satisfied with the answers they have been given or the amount of input they have been able to give and have honestly considered. As a result, spirits seem to be not only good, but positive and looking forward to a new era of training and possibly increased ability to learn more, not less after the disassociation.
I learned shaolin do back in the 80's but currently train with my instructor who is no longer part of the SDA or affiliated with the shaolin do name. I still practice what I know and it has been beneficial.
But looking at that letter sent by GM sin the', how can he possibly copywrite forms he didn't create?