So for decades I’ve been hosting seminars, camps and tournaments. In addition I’ve been teaching seminars around the world. I’ll travel any distance and pay any fair price for my training. I also attend and host events to help promote the Filipino Martial Arts community. During that process I helped create martial art communities such as Martial Talk, FMATalk and FMATalk Live. I’ve also helped school owners with making their schools more profitable, even to the point preventing them from closing their doors for good.
During this journey I’ve noticed a pattern forming. It seems that my efforts are mostly one sided. I’ve freely offered my help but few seem interested in reciprocating. I have hosted many instructors in my school and only a handful have ever tried to repay my efforts. And now people want me to put together seminar tours for them. So I have a question for all of you who want my help… What’s in it for me? My business is to help me put food on the table for me and my family, not to bail out others who know nothing about the martial business industry.
So here is how it’s going to go from now on. If you want my assistance you need to bring something to the table. If not, you’ll have to pay my consulting fee. No more showing up to a Hartman event for a payday! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still bring in people to further my student’s and my education. What is coming to an end is using me to promote yourself with no intention of reciprocating one way or another.
So says “The Datu”