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Posted On:11/13/2008 12:41am
Originally Posted by Omega
I got my first black belt at the age of 16. What does that make me?
A BB at 16 I guess? :laughing9
Sometimes you lose and sometimes the other guy wins.
At this point I don't owe anybody an explenation.
Schools I trained at:
Lotus Club Cetepe Liberdade Sao Paulo
Renzo Gracie NYC
New York Combat Sambo
Seeker of Truth
Posted On:11/14/2008 11:19am
Style: Five Animal Fighting
Originally Posted by Omega
Damn, I'm only 50% kids. I got my first black belt at the age of 16. What does that make me?
Thats not too bad. I've got my first black belt at 15. I started in at age 10 in 1986, and received my Shodan in American Kenpo in 1991.
Omega, how long has your school be open, and how many students do you have that have stuck with you for over 4 years.
Notice I didn't say how many black belts do you have. Giving out a black belt in 24 months skews things. If we were talking about BJJ we would be probably talking about purple belts.
Posted On:11/14/2008 11:44am
Style: Chinese Boxing
I have been open since 1995, and have been teaching since 1989. I have about 100 or so students. I have about 30 students who've stayed with me for over 4 years. I have two that's been with me since 1993.
For the record I've promoted:
6 blackbelts in TKD
6 Blackbelts in SAMBO
4 blackbelts in original system of Kung-fu
4 blackbelts in New system of Kung-fu.
No candidates this year. Coffee Fan who post on this site was awarded his Brown belt in SAMBO last year and will probably up for black sometime next year, that will be 8 years with me. I might have 3 candidates for kung-fu next year and I don't teach TKD anymore.
Posted On:11/14/2008 11:46am
BTW on a side note I stripped one of my blackbelts of her rank so I really don't have that many blackbelts underneath me.
Posted On:11/14/2008 1:00pm
What did she do Omega?
Posted On:11/14/2008 1:02pm
This is an interesting discussion, but it is dangerously off-topic. I'm going to start a new, "Dojo Graduation Rate" thread in the "Dojo Management and Martial Arts School Business" Forum.
Please feel free to use you magic-mod powers to transfer any threads you feel should be over there.
Posted On:11/26/2008 12:29pm
One thing to note about start up costs: students can, and often will, help defray these. I have helped build dojos three times through the years, and with everyone chipping in, we actually had a lot of fun. Sure, the costs of drywall, paint, mirrors and mats are still there. However, with just one tradesman in the school, everything else can be done by the students.
Just a thought for those who are considering opening up a school from a class at a rec center.
Posted On:11/26/2008 1:11pm
yeah, unfortunately I'm the tradesman here; but it would give me more opportunity to shout at everyone!
Hochizen, its nice to hear that though, I know a few situations where the students got screwed but that goes to them not paying attention to the type of person they're giving their $ to ...
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