Today's topic involves whether or not it's important for a martial artist - especially a martial arts teacher - to belong to an organization or not.
Many reasons to belong to an organization is that such groups offer additional training and group discounts, they can offer a sense of quality control over the material, and they can provide reciprocity in rank from school to school.
However, being independent means that you avoid organization fees, you can craft your curriculum to suit yourself, and you don't have anybody to answer to in regards to what you do and how you do it, and no need to pay attention to the politics that sometimes infects organizations.
So what do you think?
WHICH IS BETTER: INDEPENDENCE, OR ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP?