Well, that’s not entirely true. While there will be no more “official” Muay Thai classes, I have managed to recruit some friends from Jiu Jitsu to spar with me.
I have been wondering recently when my year long contract would be up. After Thursday’s sparring match, my Muay Thai instructor sat next to me to inform me that my contract was, indeed, up on the sixteenth of this month. He wanted to get together with me to sign the paperwork to renew.
I don’t know about you, but I have an allergy to contracts. I don’t like them and I don’t understand why so many people incorporate them into their businesses. I am from the school of, “let’s leave things open-ended and the student – renter – customer will love our service so much that they’ll stay with us forever.” In my humble opinion, contracts are merely another reminder that when its term is up, it’s time to start looking for alternatives. They also take away that voluntary aspect of the whole thing.
So I didn’t renew. Not because of the contract…
The school was awesome, I learned a lot and appreciate all the help. I would recommend them in a minute. But…like I told the guys last night, I feel as though I learned what I needed to learn. Now, I just want to use that knowledge to spar for the rest of my life.
People look at me funny when I explain my philosophy on this kind of stuff. “What??? You’re going to cut the cord and venture off on your own? Unbelievable.”
I have told them time and time again, there’s always going to be some kid on the playground who has absolutely no training and can still kick your butt. The over-confidence that martial arts gives people can get them in trouble. It doesn’t matter how many combos and routines you have done over the years. I prefer to learn the basic techniques and then move on to more reality type exercises, such as sparring. In this case, I’ll use the year and four months of training I received to gather more and more people together. I’ll pass on the basic techniques, so they can get up to speed and then we’ll train together.
That’s my plan.