Posted On:10/24/2008 3:59pm
Style: Judo Sandbagger
Amid the sirens of looming financial collapse, has anyone calculated the threat to the Martial Arts boom that we have enjoyed for years now?
This arises because I am arguing about cutting expenses at home, in order to keep a home, and BJJ was the among the first item to be axed. Although perhaps not as important as mortgage payments, it was deemed 'luxury' compared to food by my family in a very contriversial split decision. 50/50 (+1 wife veto).
Is anyone else feeling the squeeze, and are there any BJJ black belts doing privates for food yet? I'll set a place at my table.
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:03pm
Style: FMA, Jujutsu/Judo/SAMBO
That sucks. Luckily most Judo clubs are only about $30-60/month. Give up the Starbucks, and you can afford that.
pro nonsense self defense
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:04pm
Style: FMA, dumbek, Indian clubs
For a lot of people, recreational activities in general are a luxury. My sifu has expressed concerns about running a school under an increasingly worse economy. His approach is that its really a question of value more than money- if he doesn't make the training valuable to the individual he's in trouble.
Just waiting for the paperboy.
forget about the bjj, do you know how much you pay nowadays for some nosecandy or a decent partypill?
life's not easy in Lolland at the moment.
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:08pm
I'm prepared to cut deep. Good bye mocha cappa latte, hello omapalata...er I mean kesa- gatami.
Slipping coal into stockings with a little sumptin for mom.
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:12pm
Style: Rehab Fu
I was just thinking about this. Realistically, MA training is frickin cheap. Even at the high end (other than silly places) you are talking about a hundred bucks and change a month. For me, that includes access to minimal, but complete free weights and similar, up to 12 hours a day, six days a week. So on that angle, I wouldn't think there would be much loss. If anything I think people would look to get more use out of their inexpensive hobbies.
I wonder about the sorta psychological "zeitgeist" effects of prolonged hard times. I think about my grandparents generation that lived through the great depression, and "risk averse" doesn't even begin to cover it. These were not combat sports participant types. OTOH, boxing was huge at the time, so I dunno.
We'll find out. Unfortunately.
I feel like you eyeballin' me, dawg!
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:13pm
Style: Judo, BJJ
It depends on what it is costing you in relation to what is being made. If it really isn't cutting into your budget, than let it be. I pay 100 per month for TKD, but Judo is free. :-)
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:17pm
Money worries just caused me to ditch my $1200 per annum Kung Fu membership for a $157 a year boxing one. I wouldn't have done it without the down-turn, but it turns out to be the best martial arts decision I've ever made.
Style: MT, Judo & BJJ
I think I'd sacrifice quality of food and clothing before classes, $60 per month for me. Btw, $100 per month for TKD? Ok, I guess....
Posted On:10/24/2008 4:20pm
Style: Yoshi orc + Judo noob
DOA: Say it aint so! After all you put yourself through to stay thin for her? Ask your wife if she's ready to trade the BJJ tuition for you getting a big belly and man tits.
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