Recently the amount of seniors at my club has dropped so much that the instructors have invited some of the better and bigger juniors to join the senior class.
Now I’m 6ft 3, 14 ½ stone and 41 years old. A 14 year old orange belt really doesn’t offer me much in the way of an opponent in randori or someone I can chat to about work & life in general after the class. Currently there is only 1 other senior in my club and I know that he is currently looking for a new job and house which would mean he can no longer train at my club. Once this happens I will have to make the difficult decision to leave and find an alternative club.
I’m sure most of you are thinking “what’s the big deal, just leave” But I feel an overwhelming sense of loyalty to the club. It’s a small village club which is 5 minutes from my home and I had thoughts about one day running the club myself.
Has anyone else found themselves in the same position as me?