1/21/2010 3:59pm, #11
1/21/2010 11:18pm, #12
Ah i see your point of view now JGP1, there may be too many feathers ruffled now but you should tell your school owner not to stress. This is a review of the "Muay Thai classes at Burbank Family Martial Arts" not the other classes offered at the school.
When people are looking for Muay Thai classes THIS is the kind of place they are searching for. If your class was run like the rest of your school is advertised and reviewed on this forum it would have got an absolutely scathing review with big bold letters saying something like money making bullshido scheme cashing in on the success of Muay Thai without really offering Muay Thai, do not go here . Thai Boxing is not a gentle art, you cannot train it without receiving a few bruises as you and i both know (i'm a semi-pro MT fighter)."Boxing is the art of hitting an opponent from the furthest distance away, exposing the least amount of your body while getting into position to punch with maximum leverage and not getting hit."
1/22/2010 12:15am, #13
the school sounded pretty good to start with. I'd have checked it out if I were in ther area. After hearing that the owner was pissed about the good review it makes me think twice about her character.
" If you were a parent, unfamiliar with this forum/site, and you read this, would you bring your kid here? Be honest, because I know I wouldn't."
Yeah I probably would bring my kid there. Forms, kiais, chuck norris poster sounds like a kids class. What's the problem? I don't want my kid (age 9)doing full contact sparring, not till she gets a little older. I think most parents want the same for their kid, something constructive and safe. They don't want to see their kid get his/her ass beaten and don't likely want their kid beating up other kids. Most parents aren't looking to turn their kid into an elemantary school heavyweight champ. The owner needs to relax (IMO) and take a compliment. The review was positive.
You(JGP1) and the school's owner had the unique opportunity to view someone's honest opinion of the school. The most negative comment was that some of the students in the class were "doughy" and most likely new. From the sound of things these guys won't be dough boys for long. If what the OP said is true what's the big deal. The truth can hurt but a lot can be learned from it. If the owner is that upset perhaps she can learn from this and change anything she didn't like.
1/22/2010 12:32am, #14
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1/22/2010 5:09am, #15
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I've just read the review again and I'm sorry but I can't see a bad review or even a good review written badly in there.
I would definitely go to the school if I were looking for MT. If I wanted to enroll my kid in a Karate class, I'd come down and check the place out as there is nowhere near enough information on that part of it for me to form an opinion.
The school owner accused you of writing a favourable review of yourself? Oh noes!!1!11
We're happy to listen to what you have to say James but I'm afraid you're going to have to point out the specific lines in the review that you think are bad. As far as I'm concerned, this is a great review for you." The reason elite level MMAists don't fight with aikido is the same reason elite level swimmers don't swim with their lips." - Virus
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"Besides, as you might already know (from Virus, for example) - there's only 1 wing chun and it sucks big time" - Tonuzaba
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1/22/2010 7:15pm, #16
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Guys, first let me say thanks on weighing in. I appreciate what you all have said. My main probs that I stated before are that it upset people. As I stated before, I realize that the op was trying to do something positive. As I also stated before, internet reviews pos, negative, in between don't bother me in the slightest. It's the internet. My only problem was with what caused the reactions of the people that read it (which I tried to outline in my first post response). I'm beating a dead horse, but I feel like I'm not being understood. Remember, it's hard to understand tone in writing, but I'm not pissed about the review. I didn't even post until I'd heard from everyone who felt (right or wrong) involved. At that point I was trying to get the op to understand the perspectives of others that I feel responsible for. To teach, that's part of my job which I take very seriously (kinda old school like that).
As far as the oh noes about the head of the school being pissed and blaming me? Bro, really? That's the place I hang my hat. Right or wrong, fair or not, they could send me packing for this. Which means I have to start over, all my hard work wasted. This might not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to me. I'd handle it, as I have many other problems thrown my way, and as any good warrior should, but it doesn't mean I won't stress and be unhappy about it.
It's obvious now (and to me always was, maybe unfortunately) that some folk are sensitive about things they feel personally about. I actually understand, was that way myself a while back (really who wasn't at some point of their lives). Whether you agree with them or not, because this post was about me and mine, as well as others, I have the "wonderful" responsibility of trying to deal with it.
But at this point I'm done. This will probably never be resolved to everyone's satisfaction, and I'm frankly bone tired of all the emotions surrounding this (mine and everyone else's). Again I appreciate what you all have said about it and the respectful words and tones you've used to weight in with. Hopefully you feel I've done the same.
Good luck to all with their training.
1/22/2010 7:21pm, #17
If your job is threatened because of someone else's online review, you are more than able to take it to court. You sound like a really level headed guy, and one hell of an instructor, and it would suck if you did lose your job because of this. But again, the boss needs to take a closer look, and see that the review is specifically for the MT class, and it is indeed, a positive review that would entice pretty much everyone that weighed in on this, to take a class at your school, were they in the area.
Best of luck to you, hope things go smoothly.
1/22/2010 7:35pm, #18
I can't find anything that is negative on a TRUTHFUL accounting of their experience at your class.
In fact, till I read the comments from you, lambasting the OP, I was seriously considering coming in for a class.
You were given HIGH marks for your school, for your school ratings. Obviously, the gym is lacking in equipment and other low marks, but for what this site loves to see, a "9" for aliveness.
I'd count to 10 and re think your position.Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
1/22/2010 8:18pm, #19
Which is weird because, that drives a certain demographic to your class. The kind of people that will walk on by because, of the kiddie class perception of the school.
1/26/2010 3:10pm, #20
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He did mention that the reviewer never actually sparred him as claimed.Even if the review was fantastic it started on a lie so I can easily understand james being a little upset and offering the student a chance to come forward and get over the whole thing was a very responsible way of handling it.