Re: Religious Restrictions on Training
Accepting what life throws at you sometimes means saying No to it.
If a student says, I want to train but I can only train between eight and nine in the morning, then you have to ask, can I teach between eight and nine in the morning? Do I want to? And sometimes the answer is, quite reasonably, no.
For any martial arts school there will be a point where you say no to a student. Each school has to find that point for itself. Arguments that there is no such point--that you can or should say yes to all students--strike me as self-evidently wicked. They deny that your school, or your life as a teacher, has value and is worth preserving.
"I want to train here, but I want to learn karate, not aikido."
"I want to train here, but I only want to be nage, never uke."
"I want to train here, but I don't want any ki tests ever."
"I want to train here, but I won't abide by your safety rules."
"I want to train here, but I disagree with your philosophy." (To some extent I am in this situation with my own school, and I would support my sensei asking me to leave if she felt the problem were sufficiently severe--so far she has not.)
At some point the line has to be drawn, and then it comes back to individual judgement and the circumstances of the particular school.