So I mentioned in the last post that I don't like first-years and here's why: Most of them don't know what they want to do yet. That is to say they join a whole bunch of clubs at the start of the year and then, when they actually get homework, they drop out because they didn't realize the commitment it takes to learn a martial art.
Oh, woops. Did I mention my whole dislike of their ilk stems from my experiences in martial arts clubs?
Most of them have never done any martial arts before. I don't hold this against them. I encourage everyone to take one up. It really goes beyond just making you physically fit, although I will make no arguments about enhancing your ability to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. That really isn't something that a person has to deal with on a day-to-day basis in our society now. (It's true.) It pushes your body further than a regular sport. Your entire body becomes a single tool. There's nothing like it, I tell you. But then, I might just be naturally inclined to feel this way due to my heritage.
Anyway, quite the tangent there, I don't hold that against them. What I do not tolerate is the lack of dedication. This isn't intramural kickball or soccer. You can't just learn the rules and work out and go at it. It takes technique. Form. That's where they falter. A good portion of the initial interested newcomers will drop off when they winnow their club commitments down to a select few. That's inevitable. But then the ones who stay find out that they have to learn fundamentals before they can do all the cool shit they saw in the movies and on TV. And they bail. Bloody wankers indeed....