I remember a while back there was a discussion here about organizations and why some people belong to their following and some don't. It was a good discussion. Something I heard that has always stuck with me was "Attitude reflects leadership". Question is who or what is the leader? Is it yourself, your goals, your morals, your god (or God), your association head, your president, etc. I don't remember if I joined in on that conversation or if I was lurking but here goes...
Attitude Reflects Leadership. What you allow to lead you will be reflected in your actions. Your actions as perceived by others will determine your "attitude" to them. Also you will be unfortunately judged by others based on your leader and vice versa.
Sometimes people follow behind the horse without ever lifting their eyes from ground...and don't realize there are other things out there other than the s*** they are seeing. If you're walking behind a horse (whatever your personal horse may be) occasionally take your eyes off the ground to see what's around you and ahead of you. It also helps to walk a slightly different path than the horse to avoid tracking through it's s***....rather than directly in line with it.
Attitude reflects leadership. What's leading you and if you're leading how and where are you leading others? this applies to life in general and most certainly kenpoland.
The recent events are the kinds of things that caused me to seperate from different orgs and instructors, causes me to keep the names of my current teachers hushed and causes me to wear generic patches that belong to no association. Attitude reflects leadership....and leadership represents it's followers.
James Hawkins III, SI
Hawkins Kenpo Ju Jitsu