So I am listening to Iains conversation with Peter Consterdine at the moment, in it Peter mentions the number of clubs available. Now, I don't recall how old this podcast is, but; in my area of Kent there is only 10 clubs within a 5 mile radius of my home address.
I live in a relatively large village with several halls and a diverse age range, yet there isn't a single club in the village. All the clubs are in located in Margate and Ramsgate, ok not far from my house, but.... I remember when I was a kid growing up in the Medway towns and Herne Bay, this is when I began my martial arts journey, there were loads of clubs. Every school hall had a club in it of some kind. Maybe I am living in cuckoo land, but it just seems there are very few small clubs left. The only clubs that survive are seemingly linked to big associations/groups who have several clubs in multiple locations, some of which only teach kids with no option for adult classes (for some strange reason).
I have a dream that every large village should have a martial arts club within a mile, just seems that there is a sad lack of experienced instructors willing (or able) to set up clubs.
This is a real shame for me.