Re: signing a contract
Personally, I agree with those who understand that life can take turns you aren't expecting. I think it is quite unreasonable to expect a person whose life has interfered with their training to continue to be on the hook financially for training fees. I had a student who developed a heart infection that has taken him permanently out of training. He was the toughest (he survived five open-heart surgeries to remedy his infection), most devoted student I have ever had. Losing him was a great blow to the dojo. The thought of having him under contract paying for training he was forced by serious illness to give up is repugnant to me in the extreme! I can't see any good justification for pressing students into such an arrangement. Certainly, in light of the fact that other shorter-term contracts can be used just as well, a year-long, irrevocable contract seems nothing but avaricious to me.