Professional Teacher or Profit Aiming Teacher ?

Professional teacher or profit aiming teacher ?

 1.     Profit making by teaching BUDO

If I say most ideal situation for BUDO teaching, it should be purely done by non-profit making way.  It is so important to keep the BUDO spirits as pure to concentrate transferring not only techniques but BUDO spirits which is considered most important factor to be transformed from SENSEI to DESHI.

But of course there are many BUDO-KA who make or have to make their living by teaching BUDO, which also should be respected as their way of life. Because, in such way, they can concentrate their time and effort more into teaching.

For both ways, it should be most important that teaching BUDO should be the 1st and till the 3rd priority and then follows making (reasonable) profit.

For teachers who make their living by teaching BUDO, they earn income so that he can live and continue teaching but not otherwise as they teach to earn profit.  Such respectable teachers we call Professional BUDO Teachers (PBT).

2. Profit Aiming BUDO Teachers

Unfortunately there are so many BUDO teachers in Japan and also out of Japan who try to make more and more profit by teaching BUDO.  For such cases the purpose to try to earn more profit does not make any difference.  Once, together with my BUDO friend, I planed to make Jujutsu workshop by inviting BUDO teachers from all over Europe.  There was one teacher who refused our request to participate this workshop because, he said, he is a “professional” BUDO teacher so he will never perform his Jujutsu without being paid.

I was so disappointed with his attitude. But my friend who intended to invite him made an excuse that he built very nice his own DOJO and he must pay back a big loan.  So he should not be blamed by his attitude to stick to try to earn profit so much.

This is quite bad. A BUDO-KA provides DOJO to teach their students but not the way he needs students, i.e. their payment, to maintain DOJO.  I often encounter such reversal thinking way among many BUDO teachers.  If teacher is not capable to maintain his DOJO because of shortage of student number, he should improve his teaching way to attract more students or simply he should change to smaller DOJO so that he can maintain without dificulty.  In the old day BUDO-KA taught their DESHI even in field.

Here, improve teaching way does not mean like, combine Jujutsu plus Fitness to attract more people. Such way of thinking is miserably wrong.  A person who might think in such way can never ever understand BUDO spirits.

3. How profit aiming mind destroy BUDO spirits

In case a BUDO-KA takes it as his/her 1st priority to earn profit, it surely makes significant effects to their teaching way.  They try to teach “effective way” to earn profit more easily. They do not teach most important parts so that they can keep students as long as possible so that he can assure their stable income for longer period.

This attitude I can see a lot, especially among AIKI teachers. They do not want to teach their AIKIJUTSU to their students seriously.  They order their students just watch and steal the teachers’ techniques. They also charge quite expensive teaching fee. It looks like they, on purpose, do not transfer AIKIJUTSU to many students so that they can keep AIKIJUTSU as a quite unique special hiden techniques which can be mastered only by very limited few numbers of people to keep the value high and can keep earning big profit by “teaching” it.

4. Conclusion

Well, such BUDO teachers who put their 1st or even till 10th priority as profit making, we call Profit Aiming BUDO Teachers (PABT) but not Professional BUDO Teachers (PBT).

Students should realize that they can never ever learn good techniques nor good BUDO spirits from such Profit Aiming Budo Teachers.



Makoto Kurabe



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