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Is a martial arts studio a profitable business? By William Stynetski

So you start out with a space to teach in. By the time you get enough students to actually cover the costs of running that place, you have already outgrown that first training dojo.

So now you need a bigger place. Which is going to cost more, so you will need more students.

On average it takes about 10 years to actually have and maintain a solid base of 30 students. As an example lets say that means during those first 10 years you might have 100 potential students come through your doors, but only about 30 of them will stay long term.

If you are charging $100 a month thats $3,000 a month you are bringing in. $3,000 a month is not a lot of money considsring that at that point, you will probably need to move into a bigger space.

That’s just the first 10 years. The first 3–5 years you will be lucky to get 10–15 students, for $1,000 to $1,500 a month. During that time you will have a small dojo, and probably be fronting much of the costs yourself.

Then you have to consider that people move, or change jobs, or have a baby, or grow up and go to college, or get involved with video games and cars and girls and tons of school activites. My biggest competition? Video games.

Then most kids and adults come to find out that studying martial arts is a lot of work (yes moving the body somehow equates to work these days) and a commitment of time. Progressing and sticking around to get a blackbelt or maybe actually learn a particular art or style can lose its appeal, despite all of the benifits of training in a martial art.

Not to say it cannot be done, but If you are actually teaching a martial art (as opposed to running an after school day care program disguised as a martial art), and you take all of this into consideration, you can probably forget about seeing any kind of a profit, especially in those first 10 years. You will be very lucky just to break even.

 

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What are some defining characteristics of the Japanese Samurai culture?

Theirs was a culture rising from war. From the very beginings they served their employer or daimyo in protecting cities. This was before they rose up to power as a class, or in politics. They were servants bred in warfare and combat.

They were experts in warfare and trained for the battlefield. They were experts with weapons such as the bow, spear and sword, and experts in unarmed combat.

They trained constantly in the use of these weapons, for the purpose of combat.

Theirs was a culture of service in war and peace. They were fierce, and for the majority of them, loyal warriors.

Those that survived the many major battles throughout Japan’s barbaric history, walked, limped or crawled away from battlefields. where tens of thousands on both sides lay dead, and another tens of thousands on both sides lay screaming or in shock waiting to die from their wounds.

It was not until around the 10th century that samurai grew into a ruling class in Japan.

  • William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-defining-characteristics-of-the-Japanese-Samurai-culture/answer/William-Stynetski

What is it like to be a blackbelt in a martial art? Are you ever afraid of your own safety around rough people?

Look at it this way. A significant number of assaults causing lasting and permanent damage (those requiring multiple surgeries and facial reconstruction), and deaths caused by bare hands or with a weapon or instrument have occoured throughout the history of man and continue to this day.

I would wager that 99.9999% of those were caused by persons without any significant martial arts training at all.

It does not take a black belt degree in some martial art to inflict serious damage, maim or kill someone. Nor is a blackbelt any kind of guarantee that you will survive every encounter.

Our nations elite combat troops receive some of the best combat training in the world, yet, unfortunately, some of them do not make it back alive.

Martial arts training does give you a set of tools, figuratively speaking, and an ability and knowledge of how to use those tools.  This is coupled with a sense of self confidence and awareness that is also developed over years of training.

Fear can be an incredible ally. Being controlled by fear isn’t ideal, but ignoring it isn’t the way to go either.

William Stynetski writes about the military, martial arts, parkour, health and fitness.

How to Best Prepare for Bootcamp or Basic Military Training

There is no best way to train for boot camp. It is impossible for someone who has not been in the military to even fathom what recruits go through.

You just go and do everything you are told to do. You will be pushed. You will be punished. You will be tested. Stay alert. Do your best at EVERYTHING. Stand out and shine among those that are not doing as well.

Then turn around help and motivate those very same recruits that are not shining as bright. You will know when to do that, you will know how and where to do that in due time.

It is not about what you do and how you do it. It is all about attitude. A positive attitude wins each and every time in basic, and throughout a military career.

William Stynetski

Easy Traditional Japanese Breakfast: Tamago Kake Gohan

Tamago Kake is a pretty traditional and easy Japanese breakfast to prepare and enjoy. I like to use reheated leftover rice.  I will heat it up to steaming hot again in the microwave, and then make a little well in the rice, much the same way people make a well for the gravy in mashed potatoes.

Then crack an egg into the well.

Tamago Kake Gohan 1I will let it sit for a minute or two, then mix it all up. The hot rice will cook the egg a little, but it stays mostly raw.

Tamago Kake Gohan 2Next you can add some toasted nori (seaweed), sesame seeds, or furi kake.

Tamago Kake Gohan 3Serve it up with hot tea and some miso soup (I used instant here, but usually will make my own dashi to make home made miso soup from scratch).

Tamago Kake Gohan 4Mix it all up and add some shoyu if you like.

Tamago Kake Gohan 5And there you have it.  Tamago kage gohan, or Tamago gohan for short.  A really easy and traditional Japanese breakfast.  It’s really good.

 

 

How is a bokken used to train a samurai by lessening the injuries that would be induced by a real sword?

Good bokkens are about the same length and weight of a real sword, and can be very expensive. These good ones are even crafted in the tradition of the sword system studied.

For instance this one at $85.00 from Tozando, in the style of the sword used by Yakumaru Jigen Ryu.Yakumaru Jigen Ryu - William Stynetski

Ok, so $85.00 isn’t really all that expensive. Take this one for an example of an expensive bokken, also from Tozando.William Stynetski - Facts Bokken

It is a Deluxe Loquat Bokken, and the price is $1,045.59. Prices for bokken can fall anywhere from $10 to much, much higher as you can see.

As far as lessening injuries go, about the only thing a wooden bokken will not do is cut or slice human flesh.

Other than that, the bokken is an extremely dangerous weapon. With enough force, a bokken can still stab through soft targets, like the solar plexus, throat and eyes.

And with even less force can break and shatter bones of the fingers and hand. With a little more force these weapons can break arms, ribs and skulls.

So in a sense, yes, a person training with wooden weapons will not have to pick up their sliced off body parts off the ground, or get stitches, but a few weeks in a cast could definately be a possibility.

As could death. I can tell you, even a light and accidental hit with one of these really hurts.

Wearing armour, as samurai did on the battlefield, during training will lessen the damage taken, but in the hands of a skilled swordsman that samurai undergoing training will definately feel it when a mistake is made. Even then, the hands, fingers, and especially the thumb is a desired and usually exposed target.

These are real weapons, and the beauty is they don’t have to be used like a sword. Afterall, it is a piece of wood, and it can also be used like a short staff, but yes they hurt. Yes they can cause damage, and yes they can even cause death.

  • William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/How-is-a-bokken-used-to-train-a-samurai-by-lessening-the-injuries-that-would-be-induced-by-a-real-sword/answer/William-Stynetski

Why do countries publicize their military inventory nowadays? Shouldn’t it be a secret?

I was asked to answer this on Quora by Quora member Paolo Anderson today.

Paolo, thanks for asking me to answer your question.

Much of it does stay classified, even if the platform is known. For instance with aircraft carriers, no big secret, but its top speed and range remain classified aspects of that platform.

Even then, some of those secrets don’t stay secret for long. Satellite and other forms of intel gathering and espionage have their place and can be effective, even if the information gathered about a platform is limited in scope.

The older systems tend to have more information out there than newer systems and capabilities. New weapons platforms in the research and development stage are highly classified. However once those systems become operational, efforts to collect intel and data on those new systems begins.

Remember the stealth bombers? Those were a big secret once upon a time. They are not such a big secret any longer, but much of their capabilities still are classified.

B-2 Stealth williamstynetski.com

What does stay classified are the TT&P, or the Techniques, Tactics and Procedures in which those weapons are deployed and employed in theatre. The where, when and how. So even if the capabilities of a weapon system are known, the element of surprise can still, hopefully to some degree, be exercised.

Even then, there will be a combination of different weapon platforms used in conjunction to achieve mission success on the battlefield. Then you have the added benifit of a show of force and capability to hopefully deter future hostilities. In this case, it isn’t so much about the platform itself, and how much of it is known (numbers, capabilities, results) but the how and when it is used. Once that gets out, any enemy force, or future enemy force has to begin to consider and train other alternatives and scenarios. Then, once that happens, we continue our intel gathering on those changes in their training methods, and the cycle continues.

So things stay secret, until they are not secret any longer.

  • William Stynetski

 

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