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Old 03-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #35
Walter Martindale
Location: Cambridge, ON
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 759
Re: An open letter to the martial arts community about conduct in the dojo

Guy Stevens wrote: View Post
There is no difference between perceived or real power in this case. Such a distinction could be used in any uneven power situation to place blame on the victim of the abuse. If there is a perceived power differential in the mind of the abused, the perception is reality.

The idea of a student being a customer of the dojo cho seems sorely lacking in a number of places.

I think we agree about the power situation. I did say "It's still a position of power."

Not a customer of the dojo cho. The employer of the dojo cho.
And perhaps it doesn't fit with traditional MA but if a dojo treats its members/trainees/cash-paying people poorly they can (and don't always realize it) vote with their feet.
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