Thursday, September 20, 2007

New school tries to poach students

As I mentioned before, I train at Traditional Martial Arts Academy in Tracy. Today, we were given a handout which informed us that Mr. Albracht is aware that one of former instructors opened a competing school in Tracy. Apparently, the miscreant not only neglected to mention his plans, but also attempted to poach students. I suppose in the business world such things happen all the time, but in martial arts it's a shocker. Well, obviously we aren't in Japan, so there's nothing to be done about it. You cannot shame the other guy into committing seppuku for his sins. After dealing with the ethical angle, Mr. Albracht's handout reiterated that our school is going to have a new property with an outdoor training area soon. The unspoken message was that we're better anyway.

Speaking of the new facility, I am actually amazed at the scale of the project. The dojo half is going to use 6,000 square feet, or about twice as much as the current strip mall lease. This is about the size of my old school in Modesto. It's on the bigger side of what's usual, but not out of the possible. The outdoor area sounds very intriguing though. It's going to be used for long weapons and throwable weapons, so it's going to be quite big. Maintenance of it is going to cost pretty penny too, with the students stomping the grass all day. I can't wait to see what Mr. Albracht has in mind.


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