Last summer during our summer camp in Sicamous BC, a few of the black belt who are dojo owners suggested that I have a meeting with all the Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu black belts who are in the West. Almost all of these black belts have been graded through the Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu Dojo.
Over the past 15 years, like many other martial arts organizations, some of my black belts have left the dojo to pursue their own journeys. I am alright with that, I am actually very proud of some of these black belts because they have continued to train and teach and some have even applied their training to their real jobs. Now I have been asked by those who are still around and active to try and unite the group under a common umbrella. This of course is going to be a challenge as for many years this as not happened. I think the timing can be right to make this happen, but obviously it cannot happen without the black belts wanting it to happen.
I need to create a vision for what this could look like, what would the benefits to the black belts be, what is there to offer, what is there appetite for this to happen. Because it is not going to happen with them. But if they are asking for it there must be a possibility.
Personally I am excited about the possibility of getting this group together. I have some ideas of what might work and also what is not going to work. This must be a collaborative effort between all of us, not a situation of control where others have no say.
I see this as a real chance to apply the leadership skills I have read about and help others to achieve their goals. This cannot be about me but more about the black belts who all the same desire. The desire to have a unique organization, with common goals and the ability to collaborate and share ideas for the betterment of all members.