Hello Mr. Kennedy,
Thank you for your interest in sport martial arts. Having been in the martial arts business for over 40 years, I can tell you that MMA is one of the worse things that has happened to our image as martial artist.
Schools that have added MMA classes to their schools have found out that the MMA clientele have little or no respect for the other students of more traditional arts, and sometimes make rude comments or belittle traditional ways. Many of them have discontinued those classes.
I work with over 20 schools on the east coast, which were tournament schools that have turned away from them due to the amount of time and money that tournaments take up and take away from their businesses.
We have found that students are willing to attend in-house tournaments frequently and willing to pay the same fees, just without the travel. The instructor makes an extra $1,000 every couple of months, the students get the trophies and medals, the parents save money, and we can focus on things besides skills for winning an open tournament.
As in all main stream sports, they are promoted because of the profits that they earn from little league up. Why else would a high school promote a sport like football where there has to be an ambulance setting ready for the game!? Do you know how many concussions kids get every year from football and baseball?
The real value of our program is not who can beat who, but it is about helping others to experience the other values that are taught such as courtesy, respect, confidence and becoming an intelligent leader.
Good luck with the NMAL, and thanks for your leadership in the martial arts community.
Grandmaster and Martial Arts Business Expert
You do raise a good point sir. I am not interested at this time because my school went under but I am still training and still giving seminars. I wish you well on your sport karate tournaments and would love to see Karate keep rising. Karate is a well promoted style that has a lot of competitors in some states…
I always say it’s not the style it’s the student…
For myself I can’t afford to hit a circuit of a style and compete for a season any more. so the 1-2-or sometimes 3 a year I can do I look for the div that fit my style Continuous or point-sparring, ground submissions, self-defense, weapons kata, open hand kata. A lot of styles have 500 div but mostly katas and point-sparring… I like this style more than MMA. A lot of them are street thugs looking for fights they miss out on the main principles of respect, discipline, and honor for martial arts back ground and most of the real and talented fighters on TV from the UFC or whatever come from Karate or some style of martial arts ….
Respect and Honor