What changes would you need to see?November 1 2007 at 12:29 PM
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|Dave Crouch, DC (Login DrDaveDC)|
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A project I started, then set aside but am picking back up again, is a write-up on recommendations for improveemnt by consumers, participants, and administrators of the event. Past and present; gleefully participating and angrily boycotting. With the objective of putting the suggestions in the hnds of decision makers, movers, and shakers of the IKC. Not that they could or would choose to implement any of them,. but I had hoped to bridge a communication gap that seems to influence participation and support.
Specifically, I've had many private conversaations, e-mails, etc., with IKC coaches, judges, competitors, facilitators, etc., about what they didn't like, and how they would fix it if they were in charge. And I'm always thinking in the back of my mind, "Why aren't they telling this to the people who could do something with the information if they chose to?" Answer is always politics: The involvements of the speaker prohibits them from speaking up directly to the leading parties.
As an Independent with no dog in the race, I have nothing to lose by providing frank input to the key figures in the event. So, I have taken it upon myself to gather as much input as I can, review it from a factor analysis perspective to identify key or common themes, and use those themes -- along with anonymous quotes to illustrate the perspectives of respondents -- in a report to Mssr's Cooper, White, Trejo, Aguilar, etc., and any and all others who might be inlvolved in any way with keeping this legacy event alive and kicking.
My request is this: E-mail me a description of what went wrong, what you think might be necessary to change it, and what that change would look like when in place, so I can include it in the "problem-recommendations" section of the report. Anonymity of all respondants will be absolutely preserved: White belts to seniors, all comments used in quotes to make a point will NOT have the name of the respondant, but may include "competitor", or some such thing at the end of the quote so that readers can contextualize the input.
I have not been to an IKC since the memorial in 91, do not own a studio, am not affiliated with any of the associational politics of people who go or boycott, and am only interested in seeing a reconciliation of goals and objectives, such that the event can not only survive, but ideally be a place where otherwise contentious factions of our strange kenpo family can come together, compete in a friendly, sportive atmosphere, and perhaps make new friends as upcoming generations of kenpoists sample a taste of what can happen when good minds -- even ones that might not like each other -- come together in a the spirit of good-natured contest and legacy conservation. There has to be a place from which we can set down our baggage for a couple of days a year, play, spar, see old friends we ain't seen in awhile, snub the guys who snubbed us OR buy them a beer during Sunday intermission, and recall part of the Glory that Was Rome...or in this case, the IKC's as Mr. Parker envisioned them