People like to be different! It starts a young age, intensifies in the teen years, and continues into adulthood. For some adults, the need to be different does not seem to decrease, as they get older. This need to be different, be noticed, seem to be something special, and have some knowledge, ability, or skill that others lack (even if it is an ability or skill that is worthless or not required) drives people to do some strange, weird, and out of the ordinary things. They get tattoos or piercings, dress strangely, become experts in the Vulcan or Klingon languages, or become conspiracy theorists; and some train in the martial arts.
One of the intriguing things about being a martial artist is that you are different than most people you know. A martial art uniform is different than that of any other type of sport. The training is different than that of any other type of sport. The classes are also different; you yell, you get to break things, and you learn to fight without anger.
Martial art schools open for business and others go out of business every day. Some schools make enough profit to stay in operation, some thrive, and some fail. What make one school thrive where as others fail?
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