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Since starting a dojo, I've had several people come in with claims of prior training who, when they actually got on the mat, were just looking to start a fight. Their training was clearly all about competition and, well, fighting.
It always follows the same scenario:
"I came to try out Aikido. I have some training in foo bar do which is a little harder, but I want to see what this art is about.
They come out on the mat with us and we start to work on kata practice.
I demonstrate a technique from an attack.
This person pairs off with one of my students (always a senior one, these days, I've learned from repeated occurances of this scenario) and they begin to "practice".
I come over and break up the ensuing conflict. Sometimes, if I think it's worth it, I try working with the "new student" for a bit, but not often. Most often this person just wants to pick a fight.
They get frustrated because they don't perceive what we're doing as "real". What this really means is that it isn't UFC level competition.
I generally try to direct them to a local BJJ dojo I know about where these kinds of attitudes get adjusted very quickly. I'd be more inclined to spend the time with them if I could do so without alienating my other students.
These people never actually sign up, though, and I feel vaguely like they were just trying to waste my time. Worse, they were wasting my students' time.