While discussing attendance and how to increase the class size, a different approach was being looked at. Male students were coming in but no new females.
A question came up on how to increase the female membership and/or class participation. Encourage more female practice time on the mat-what an assignment! No insult intended, but have you tried telling a female “what she needs to do,” lately?
All jokes aside, that conversation, as I see it, started off incorrectly. To get into these “participation needs” requires one to take first things first. A more logical approach was to ask several questions first.
What are you looking for when entering a dojo? Why come in, in the first place?
What is lacking in your makeup that you need to study a martial art?
Having gained the skills, how do you intend to use them?
How badly do you want it and what are you willing to pay for it including Blood, Sweat, Tears and Money?
Are you aware that you must sacrifice (spend) quite a bit of time in this endeavor? It’s only in the movies that you gain skills quickly.
How long do you intend to stay in it?
The most important question was the first one and the second most important question: How much research did you put into looking at/for this particular martial art, this dojo, this teacher?