I have a three-year-old son. His name is Gerald, named after my grandfather because we recycle male names in my family instead of inventing new ones. It’s a way of preserving part of our heritage and history so that it is not lost with passing generations. Gerry is my pride and joy and is a very happy, well-adjusted introvert. My wife and I are both introverts and when you take two introverts and put them together, it is unlikely that they will produce an extrovert. Note that being an introvert is not synonymous with lacking confidence. Gerry is supremely confident and never hesitates to speak his mind. This we have always encouraged.
In the year 1949, George Orwell wrote the dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. Readers of his novel will be familiar with the type of overt control exerted by the Party and its various representatives. In the novel, individualism and independent thinking are persecuted as crimes known as “Thoughtcrimes” with obedience enforced by the “Thought Police”.
It sounds like a terrifying world but I am sometimes left thinking that we may be living the nightmare without even knowing it.
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In addition to being a martial arts and self-defence instructor, I am also a chartered electrical engineer working part-time in the building industry, a backyard tinkerer and a part-time inventor. What can I say? I have a lot of interests. For someone who doesn't know me very well, it may seem as if they are all disparate interests, but when you get to know me a little better, you will see that they are actually all connected.
There are many points of difference in the way that we operate as a martial arts school when we are compared with other, conventional schools. Most of these points of difference become clear only to students who enroll and train with us for some time. One of these points of difference which is immediately obvious to all applicants and can be a major stumbling block to potential students is the interview process.
Initial acceptance into our school is dependent on a successful interview with the head of the school. Some people find this big and scary. They have had to successfully sit interviews to win employment, but why do they need to do this to learn martial arts? Surely it should just be as easy as rocking up on the day, paying your ten dollars and getting your Big Mac With A Side Order Of Kung Fu Training. Super-size that Kung Fu Kick, please!
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