Man, this is incredible, a guy actually started his own Karate School because of an article I wrote.
I was writing articles, loved it, but never thought about the effects I was creating. Read this, but put on your sunglasses… Dear Mr. Case, ?Since the age of 11 have dreamed of having my own dojo. I want to thank you for your ‘garage-dojo” article in August ’98. After reading that article, I had no doubt that it was going to be a reality…?…I decided that it was time to give my own school a shot. I looked around for a rental–everything was so small, and I had no money in which to do this, this was July of ’98–in August I read your article, and it helped me understand that it wasn’t the walls and equipment my student would come for, it was me and how I handle and, taught my students. Simply, my skills mattered more than my age and rank, and if Bruce Lee taught in a garage—so could I. So I took the cheapest rental I could find; I started my school with 1 kicking target a mat and four walls. Since opening day, Nov 16th 1998, I have moved to a larger location, now I have 12 kicking targets, 3 matts-and much more training equipment. I’m still a small dojo– but I don’t care to be too big, I’d rather keep it personal. I know the growth of each one of my students, and I have 3 black belt candidates with one that could test in the next year. To sum my progress up, in the past 6 years I have made a name for my dojo in the valley, and I am a competitor for my old instructors school. Be sure to tell Andrew Wood that it isn’t your programs that wins the student, it’s your honesty, compassion for the student and your love of the martial arts…. PM?ps–I love your site: martial arts is about passing on your teachings, not holding back for an extra fee. Wow! This is a guy who takes and makes…he is a martial artist in the finest sense of the word. I really love the little dig on Andrew Wood. He started a get rich type of pitch, sold a bunch of courses way back when. You don’t hear about him much, cause he was in it for the money, and not the art. Anyway, the full article this guy read is somewhere on the Monster Martial Arts site. If you want the book I wrote on How to Start Your Own School, it’s mixed in with nine other books for…TEN BUCKS! Hard to believe, that much knowledge for only ten bucks, but the URK is… http://www.monstermartialarts.com/Ten_Books%21.html