Sounds to me like ranking issues are near the bottom of problems at *this* dojo. A senior member of the dojo (*any* senior member) disrespects the sensei, from the sidelines, during class? Undercuts the sensei's approach in his own class? Responds to criticism by using his personal relationship with sensei to get back at the other guy?
Jeez. If you can train effectively in this dojo, God bless you. I don't think I could handle it.
Yeah, sure, but the other side of this coin is asking the OP why the hell they have to even ask about this stuff? If it is so bad as it is being made out, is there really any question about what he/she should do? As my father used to say (well, with different words) "Poop or get off the pot." Seeing this kind of stuff aired out on a public forum just strikes me as a fantastic waste of time. And makes me feel like I'm sitting with the coffee group complaining about someone else's hair, funny looking toes and fashion sense. Good, lord, why is this important? What needs to be discussed? Grow a backbone and freaking well leave... Or stay and keep your head down. Or is it just the fun of telling stories about how poorly some people behave?
"Then Stevie told her she was a poo-poo head... Really! And then she told Stevie his feet smell funny..."
And here I am posting in the same thread... Argh...
I must be getting old...