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#214570 - 12/14/05 12:52 AM A letter to the head instructors at my school.
LameDojoHater Offline
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Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 49
Dear, Board of Instructors

When I first started in this school I was severly impressed by the board breaking and stretching curriculum. Both aspects of your school have helped me tremendiously.

However I feel that a certian aspect of your curriculum is severly lacking. That aspect is sparring. I feel that your style of sparring (no contact, no kicks or punches to the head) is as crippling to the progress of students as the removal of the stretching/boardbreaking curriculum would be. I understand that you have chosen this style of sparring for legal reasons. However I believe that it is just as possible to suffer serious injury from boardbreaking, and regular practice of general techniques. In fact I have taken two falls during my time at this school. Were I not in such good physical condition I could have been easily injured. I would like to suggest that you talk to your legal advisers about the possibility of adding freestyle light contact sparring with pads on, to your Brown Belt-Black Belt curriculum.

I would also like to request that you post this letter in an area where other students can read it, and offer their opinions on the matter.

Thankyou for your time- Anonymous


Ok so what do you guys think? Am I overstepping my boundries on this one? Would I somehow infuriate the instructors by sending this letter?

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#214571 - 12/14/05 01:30 AM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
JoelM Offline
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Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Georgia, USA
Why didn't you put our name on it?

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#214572 - 12/14/05 09:32 AM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
JohnL Offline
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Registered: 03/24/03
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A couple of points;

1. What grade are you and how long have you been at the school? If you're a junior grade and have been at the school for less than a couple of years, you won't have an opinion of value, and even if you're a more senior grade and been there a while, it's iffy.

2. Have you spoken to the instructor? Let's be honest, if you've got a problem with the way the place is run, go speak to the guy. He'll either explain the reasons (or not) and you can then either accept them or leave.

3. Putting a letter like this on the bulletin board at the club is simply bad manners.

4. If it's something you really believe in and you've spoken to the instrucor already then send him the letter. At least have the balls to sign it. Anything given with Anonymous at the bottom goes straight in the bin where it belongs.
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#214573 - 12/14/05 09:32 AM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: JoelM]
MattJ Offline
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I agree with with Joel. If you are so outraged, why would you not put your name on it?

Why don't you just leave if you don't like it?
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#214574 - 12/14/05 10:10 AM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6664
Loc: Amherst, MA
I think that if the school does not satisfy your needs that you need to either find another school or reassess your reasons for being there.

I think that there are a lot of lousy schools out there, and even more lousy students. Your desire to post a letter is vindictive, and wouldn't change anything for the better.

I suggest that you appreciate what you have learned so far, and seriously consider what you want to learn and why. My version of that letter would be:

http://www.fightingarts.com/ubbthreads/s...ue#Post15812467

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#214575 - 12/14/05 03:07 PM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
Galen Offline
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Registered: 11/07/04
Posts: 379
Never being one to sugar coat things...

You are absolutely over stepping your bounds.

If you dont like the school, leave, but it is completely out of line to send this kind of letter.

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#214576 - 12/14/05 04:21 PM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
trevek Offline
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Registered: 05/15/05
Posts: 3331
Loc: Poland
I have to ask LDH, what ever happened to the first two tenents of TKD, Courtesy and Integrity?

To be blunt, you've been slagging off everyone at your dojang since you joined the forums and suggesting only you are the real deal. Well maybe technically you are as great as you say, however maybe the others have a bit more of the tenents about them.

In another post on another thread you went on about being contraversial and how the old vets couldn't take it. Well prove yourself as the real deal, show you have the tenents about you. If you are unhappy with the dojang then speak to the guys who run it. maybe they will agree with you, maybe they'll see if there is something they could change, maybe they'll realise that others might feel the same way and reassess themselves.

Alternatively they might ask you to leave, but then you've already said you don't want to stay, so sending the letter would be pointless anyway.

If you DO send it, put your name on it. Show your face. Be a TKD MAN, not some whiney literary 'ninja' wannabe.
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#214577 - 12/14/05 04:22 PM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: trevek]
trevek Offline
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PS, there's no comma after "Dear, "

It should be "Dear Board of Instructors"
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#214578 - 12/14/05 04:25 PM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: LameDojoHater]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6768
It's like joining a Judo class and suggesting they do more kata.

honesty and being up front is always the best way...no sucker punches in the dojo.

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#214579 - 12/14/05 04:30 PM Re: A letter to the head instructors at my school. [Re: Ed_Morris]
trevek Offline
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Registered: 05/15/05
Posts: 3331
Loc: Poland
Apparently in traditional Judo dojos practising thows is considered kata.
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