Hi all. I'm hopeful to get some thoughts and advice here. I know this is a bit off-topic from the practical self-defense view of karate, since I'm discussing karate mostly for its exercise benefits. But I suppose it's also a general motivational sort of topic.
I started karate a few years ago. Once I started, I got very interested in (read: obsessed by) the history of it, the history of Okinawa and Japan, the links to other martial arts, etc. - it's a rich field of fact, legend and mystery, particularly for a guy like me who's obsessive about understanding things.
Following a recent bit of depression and anxiety brought on by events at work and my younger brother going through a messy as hell divorce, I let myself go a fair bit and stopped training (just to get some time).
Well, anyway, my work chucked me on a Feel Well Live Well course which, after just 2 sessions has got me pulling my finger out of my arse and getting myself sorted out.
Recently I had few questions on subject where did I learn my way of karate. So I thought that would be good topic on the forum, as all of us have been influence by someone. For me training with martial arts started after watching Enter the Dragon J. Along the way I had and still have three main teachers who shaped my understanding of martial arts and planted in my concepts and helped to develop my own ways.
I wanted to ask the Dojo owners of this group a question or few.
What made you open up your own Dojo? Did you leave the Association you were with to go it alone? Was it a natural progression in your club / assoication? Did you feel that you were not getting thing of value where you were so it was best to start your own club and take your teaching in the direction wanted to go?
As you can see / tell, I think I am at a crossroads - yet again - in regards to my own training and knowledge and looking for advice here, I think - is much more suitable.