Daily Work at Valkyrie

It was a late start today. We all overslept a little. After puttering about and getting out of the house, we all arrived at Valkyrie about Noon. By the time we close up after class, it means the three of us will spend about 10 hours at the school today. That’s not bad. A light day. That’s also 30 person hours a day of work being done here at the school. Over 500 hours a month on the lowest possible amount of work. A big chunk of that is business work. Paying bills, corresponding with people that want money — mostly the government at this phase, since we are a new business and trying to get started right. We also have to plan how we are going to spend money in the coming weeks and months, and try to balance out income and expenses and figure out what we need,…

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A Change is Gonna Come

Valkyrie is now open. It took us years to put in the base work, and six months of headaches, tension and bureaucratic fighting to get the doors open, but here we are. Grand opening was a success, lots of people showed up to support us and there was fighting til nighttime, followed by friendship and beverages. Now we are into the business of being a school. I was asked recently what my philosophy of martial arts was. It was an interesting question, as I’d spent a lot of time leading up to the opening writing about what the school offered people. That’s not the same thing, though. I’ve also written here before about what drove me to start martial arts training, and how my motivations have changed over time.  It’s still not what I would call my philosophy. I had an old student show up last week. She was in…

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