Friday, September 1, 2017

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Martial Arts Organizations' Control Over Members

It's FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

Today, let's talk about martial arts organizations, and how much control they could or should have over members within their ranks.

There are cases out there of organizations not only dictating what is taught to member students in the schools belonging to the group, but also controlling how much exposure to other martial arts content members receive.

That is, not only are members of the group forbidden to cross train or train outside the group if they wish to remain members, but other activities involving the martial arts are not allowed either. That might include anything from not allowing attendance/participation at an unsanctioned seminar or tournament to revoking membership of people who like or share non-organization martial arts content on social media.

The idea is that the group doesn't want ANY influence in their ranks outside of what the leadership says needs to be there.  Or sometimes, this sort of behavior is seen within the group's subculture as disloyalty to a teacher or system.

So what do you think about this sort of thing?  Is this something you'd support in a group you lead or belong to?

HOW MUCH CONTROL SHOULD MARTIAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS HAVE OVER MEMBERS' EXPOSURE OR PARTICIPATION IN NON-ORGANIZATION MARTIAL ARTS CONTENT?