Tom Callos is Evolving (Hopefully). New Roads as a Martial Arts Student and Teacher.
I’ve not blogged for some time, as I’ve been in the process of a system reboot, something I think most people might benefit from every so often. First, I’ve applied to and been accepted at Boise State. I’ve joined to pursue a degree in printmaking. It’s a return to college after a 35 year absence.
I’ve had to take a leave from my beloved jiu-jitsu, after 22 years of practice, as my hips are showing dangerous (to me) signs of wear and tear. Specifically, my left hip replacement is 19 year old —and the original lifespan was estimated to be “11 to 13 years.” And while it seems to be functioning as it should, x-rays have shown some concerning bone degredation (death) —and I really, really don’t want to crack this femur bone the way I cracked the other 3 years ago. My right hip, all wired together and newly replaced (3 years old now), is ALSO showing some signs of stress on my yearly x-rays —and breaking that bone again could, according to my doctor, result in having my leg amputated.
Ok, OK already! So…I’m sort of in the midst of a later-than-midlife-crises.
In addition, I’ve RETIRED from the business of trying to teach martial arts school owners how to run their schools more professionally. While I believe I’m perfectly suited for the work, having experience, having run the gauntlet of school management topics 10 times over, and having the maturity to give grounded and sensible advice, I find “the martial arts industry” is, in its current state, as big an undisciplined mess as it was when I first started coaching others nearly 30 years ago.
The Internet is partly to blame, as being an expert or “consultant” to the industry is as simple as putting up a website, starting a Facebook page, and saying you’re in business. The foolish, short-sighted, instant-gratification style of advise I see so often in our community —and the continuous emphasis on money (at the cost of our dignity), short-cuts, and people trying to sell half-baked, unsound processes and products —well, it’s not a kind of work that I find worth the time and effort it takes to reach the people who might most benefit from my coaching. Too much static and too many voices for me to compete with. And, of course, a 30 year coaching career represents a dedication and investment in the work that just might warrant a change of pace, yes? I decided yes.
So to continue my martial arts / life journey, I’m now taking lessons in Kali (Filipino stick arts) with JKD legend Chris Kent, who lucky for me lives in my new adopted town of Boise, Idaho. I’m also attending restorative yoga classes at Boise’s YOGA TREE, and am looking into aikido classes — and possibly getting a (new) boxing coach.
New Roads for an old-ish dog.