As I tell people, find a martial art that serves your purpose; find an instructor in the art that seems to be proficient, is not a kook, is a good teacher, and whose personality fit yours; find a school that is close by, reasonably priced, and does not have an organization that rips you off; and then just be content in your training. Your art and rank may be meaningless outside your school or town, but if it serves your purpose, you are happy. Just do not expect anyone else to respect the art or the rank.
I don’t agree completely with my instructor or his organization, but overall they serve my purpose more than any others in my area do, so I stay with them. Over the years, I grown to accept some of their philosophies and way of doing things, and they have grown to accept some of mine. However, if they ever appeared to be defrauding me or others, I would just leave.
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