My life long enthusiasm for martial arts has been severely compromised lately.
I trained years ago as a kid and then as a teenager, but left it alone for years, returning in my late 30s.
I've tried a number (not a large number) of different styles at different clubs over the years.
Apart from the martial art itself, the main attraction was and is the sense of continual self improvement, the sense of extended family etc.
But lately (last couple of years) I've started to notice some things. Perhaps it's because as I get older and get fatigued and injured more than I used to, I take a step back more than I used to. But I've noticed a lot of politics. This could be at club level, with people gossiping about each other, at association level, with strong undertones of contempt for people outside of our association, or at style level, with advocates of one style possibly unintentionally mocking all styles except their own.
Does anyone experience any of this?
As an aside, I note that senior dan holders often proudly state that ego is the biggest destroyer of black belts, immediately before boasting about all their achievements and how lower grades won't understand.
This isn't any one club by the way. I've spent time with several and seen the same thing. I have friends in other clubs and other styles, and hear the same kind of vibe from them. I just wonder if this has always been the case and I've only just noticed it, or if it's a new thing.