AFFILIATE & NON-AFFILIATE
I've used the terms 'affiliate' and 'non-affiliate' in previous posts and in describing the new academy in Bangkok. I should more appropriately describe what I am working to be as 'independent' with an 'open-door policy'. All this in an attempt to avoid politics and even that word can be taken differently depending on what situation you and your school may be in. My aim is to create an environment where people can develop and improve their jiu-jitsu, share with like-minded people and support the community that we are a part of. This is separate from the loyalties/responsibilities that I have to those that have invested themselves in me. I believe I can still have a deep respect for the source of my teachings and its lineage while being open to learning from others outside of my immediate training family.
We can play the 'what if game' but that just takes time away from training. I will do what I think is best without compromising my principles when that time comes.