Respect

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New artwork, courtesy of cool hand Golden, went up on the walls amid lots of action at CF West today.

Warning:  rant below.  Feel free to skip it and just do the WOD.

Last night I went to a friend’s house to watch the UFC and, to my great surprise and delight, my first karate teacher was there.  It was over 20 years ago that I trained with him,  when I was a teenager, and I have not seen him in several years, so it was a surprise to some people that I reverted back to the teacher-student relationship that dictated our initial relationship.  I did this out of respect for the man that first taught me martial arts, and it in no way demeaned me.  It was a choice born of long training.

However, the fact that it surprised others that I would choose to return to this old personal dynamic between teacher and student, even if only for a night, got me thinking.  Sometimes I look around the CrossFit world and think that a little of this old fashioned respect would be a good thing.

Call me curmudgeonly, go ahead and lump me in with those who grumpily say “new-fangled”, but it disturbs me when I see affiliates being born out of a couple months of training and then declining to renew their affiliation after a year (or even less).  This just strikes me as disrespectful and mercenary.  Now, I realize that CrossFit is a brand to many people and that the vast majority of affiliate owners and trainers did not have the great opportunity to train with the Glassmans or at the old HQ, but I still think a little more thought, if not respect, should be exercised. 

Sometimes I see the same kind of lack of respect on an individual level at the box.  Often an athlete’s ability will get a little ahead of him or herself and they forget that it was their coach’s training that got their ability to that place. Too often I see athletes trying to reinvent the wheel rather than paying attention to those that have been driving a long time.

Yes, I know that this all makes me sound kind of stern and uncompromising, but, you know what, that is OK with me.  My first martial arts teacher taught me an incredible amount and I don’t think I would be doing what I am today were it not for his influence, so I feel a loyalty and respect for him that 20 years has not erased.  

I don’t feel that it is too much of a stretch to think, that if one were opening a CrossFit affiliate or pouring one’s heart and soul into training at one, one would feel the same.

Thoughts?  Please post to Comments.

Workout:

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Deadlift 315/225#

Thruster 165/110#

200m Run between each couplet

Post WOD and score to Comments.