Sometime ago, a friend was telling me about a feud in his martial arts school. The instructor of his instructor (I’ll call him Granddad because martial arts takes itself too seriously) had a falling out with a student. This student left Granddad’s tutelage and renounced all his teachings. There was cussing, there was shouting, there was bad blood. This was also in the infancy of the internet, so the personal feud spilled over onto the sparsely-populated message boards. Granddad’s (now former) student left the system.
Lo and behold, some of the remaining students learned that less than a year later, this student had opened a school and was teaching as the head instructor. The students were furious. They started talking of rolling up to his school and explaining a few things to him. They started talking about how this was an insult to Granddad and their system and their lineage and on and on and on. Continue reading “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One…”