Welcome to my new series, Have Gi – Will Travel. Let me warn you in advance that these posts really are for a very specialized audience. The traveling martial artist. More and more as I travel, I am contacting dojos in my destination cities to inquire about training at their facilities. The good news is you are the beneficiary of my experiences.
This first episode of Have Gi – Will Travel will detail out the rules of the traveling martial artist.
Always disclose your purpose:
Every Martial Arts school that I have ever come in contact with has some type of “Hey – come try us out” special. My goal is to train every chance I get, not to bilk the system. If I like a school, you can be sure I will want to come back. Thus, I will contact all schools in advance and not only ask permission to train but also if there are any appropriate mat fees.
My opinions are always my own:
I am not (currently) sponsored in any way. I get nothing other than knowledge, comraderie and physical fitness from training with any of these folks. There is no bias (other than my own) to my reviews.
Every opinion I share here, I also share on social media:
My goal is to promote martial arts and martial artists. The reality is that reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Trip Adviser, etc. make a real difference in the success of these small businesses. I am more than happy to share my opinion so they can gain exposure and in the end, more business.
I realize that different schools have different goals:
I lie much more on the martial than the art of martial arts. With that said, I can learn from both the yin and the yang. Especially with me, the school should not adjust to the pupil, the pupil should adjust to the master.
I will stay humble and open minded:
It is really easy to fall into the mindset that ‘X’ martial art is the best….or ‘Y’ technique does not work in real life. While I will certainly focus on the arts that interest me the most (Karate, BJJ and Mui Tai) if I stumble across the occasional Kung Fu or Aikido class, I am not going to shy away.
So come along with me on my journey across the US and the Martial Arts scene. The first few posts will be of my favorite schools across that country that have been generous enough to let me train with them. From there, we will experience this journey together.