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Hello! Thanks for your interest! Couple things before you contact me.
First off, my name is James. What’s yours? If you intend on training, I’ll have to know at some point, so please don’t send anonymous emails. There’s a magical way I deal with them: I push this thing called “delete” and they disappear. I know, it’s like Hogwarts! Also, don’t just ask questions like, “How much?” Or send poetry: “Location. Cost. Times.” There’s a reason I list the areas, and not the addresses, of where we train, blockhead: You. So, the answer to existential questions like, “Where are you?” are answered thusly: I’m right here, Kierkegaard, pressing delete.
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Now, there may be plenty of reasons as to why you may not be allowed to train with us. Here’s my main reason: Because. Let me be clearer: Because I said so. Turns out, I don’t actually need a reason to allow people to train – training is a privilege, not a right. This means, in turn, I also don’t need a reason to disallow people to train. This is true for one simple reason: Risk I incur to teach you.
Follow me: Let’s say you begin training and during that time learn all kinds of sweet moves to protect yourself and others. And one day you use a sweet move to - rightly or wrongly, but in your case probably wrongly - injure somebody. By law, the injured party could choose to haul my ass into court, suing me for teaching you the said sweet moves. Therefore, it behooves me to only allow those I deem responsible and trustworthy enough to train in accepting the burden of risk I must incur to teach them. With me so far?
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But, if you are here to train with me it must mean you trust me on some level to deliver training to you. But if I tell you I cannot assist you – your goals and values are simply misaligned with our own – and you choose not to believe me, how do you answer the following question: How is it you are willing to trust me to honestly deliver training to you, but will not trust me when I honestly say I cannot assist you? Either you want an honest teacher, or you do not. If you want an honest teacher, then you should take me at my word and seek training elsewhere. And if you do not want an honest teacher, well, why would you want that teacher in the first place?
Hope this helps!
Not your next instructor,