The Martial Arts world is notorious for big egos, often dogmatic training, highly structured and hierarchized subcultures. In many circles, this was often likened to cult similarities - "birds of the same feather" sort of thinking.
Historically, this made sense in the past, where different casts, families, groups had their own territorial issues and maintained a very proprietary approach to their "secrets." But we moved on, and we now live in the 21st century.
Learning, or rather TEACHING has evolved, opening up to meet our potential as human beings.
As Carl Sagan best said it, "If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.”
The Grasshoppers Club embraces an open minded approach, and a learning-centered, student-driven atmosphere. In our practice, we laugh, we play, we think and question, and we grow.