Re: Why Have Martial Arts Demonstrations?
Hi Niall. A question I have mused over too. I agree with all the points you make there and also that some or maybe many like your own teacher didn't see the point in them.
Personally I have been to demonstrations and watched with interest and also been to classes of various styles and watched with interest. I much prefer watching a class live than watching any demonstration. Thus demonstrations don't really mean much to me.
If someone asked me for advice who was interested in seeing Aikido in action I would advise them to go watch a class rather than a demonstration.
So I conclude it's more an organization thing. Seen as good for their cv, and public image.
Not to say it shouldn't be or it's wrong or no good for they can be interesting and there is nothing wrong with that.