I usually don't respond to opinions as everyone is entitled to their own.
However, I took it personally.
Don't know why, but I felt he was telling me I was a babysitter.
Here is my response to him and the association:
My experience is that this couldn't be further from the truth.
Last Sunday I attended a grading where one of my students graded for his 5th dan. At the grading were many young students that are now in their late teens and early twenties. They are martial arts leaders now, with proud parents. These kids started when they were 6 or 7 or 8 years old. As the years rolled by, I enrolled them in my leadership classes, taught them about character, discipline, morals and ethics. I helped mould them into the adults they are now.
I am not alone - many other martial arts instructors do this also.
10 or 15 years ago, when these kids joined, it may have been as a result of a birthday party or buddy night. It was my way of marketing my school to the community. It showed my professionalism in running a serious school that recorded a profit, grew and eventually employed these kids later in their life.
I know a "karate party" is not serious martial arts but at 6 years of age, kids aren't ready for serious martial arts. It is a stepping stone.
One more thing. If I didn't run a financially successful school, it wouldn't have survived, it would have closed and I would have had to get a "real job".
This would have cheated thousands of students of the valuable experience of martial arts, discipline and leadership training.
P.S. One of my former students, now an instructor running his own school, read this and posted below, "I am proud to be part of that legacy Kyoshi".
If you are an instructor, part of running a good business means to keep it profitable so it survives ... for you AND your clients.
Part of being human means you want to make a difference with your life.
If you run a martial arts school, you can do both. A rare opportunity in the world of business and finance.