I wish to advise that I or AKS do not have a Face Book account, I do not broadcast our activities on You Tube or communicate with my students or parents via social networking sites. My social network with my students is the Dojo.
I have grown up with Karate and the unique environment the Karate Dojo provides has been a good positive influence on my life. Therefore I wish to do my very best to try and preserve that same traditional unique environment for the students of our karate schools.
I believe Karate classes should be a place where people can train alongside each other, united in the pursuit of becoming more proficient in this great martial art, regardless of their background, age, sex, nationality or social status.
Students need to be able to come along and focus on their training, make mistakes, have highs and lows safe in the knowledge that they are not going to be broadcast to the outside world or have their dojo activities discussed further amongst other students in an open forum on the internet.
For similar reasons we do not allow parents to sit in and watch our general classes as it is detrimental to the progress and privacy of the students.
We do allow family members to spectate and take photos and film etc on AKS event days as we understand it is nice to see their student's progression and keep the memories. However, a large number of our students are children and it is impossible to police every photo and piece of footage and get the necessary permission to publish from the parents. Therefore please be respectful to all our members and keep things off the internet.
Please note, anyone found broadcasting any of our AKS activities or posting derogative comments about another member on the internet will lose their membership.
We do have photo galleries on our website but these are reserved mainly for the students who have achieved major honours and are always displayed with the student's knowledge and permission.
I know we are living in the era of 'plugged in' lifestyles where a number of people now prefer to communicate with each other through social media rather than in person, but I continue to be amazed at how some are so happy to put what should be private conversations and personal information out in the public domain. I am yet to see what good can come from this and how it would benefit my students progress in Karate so that's why I just don't subscribe to it and wish to keep our Karate Schools as that breath of fresh air.