An interesting thing the other day; John Will was doing the BJJ rounds at schools in Sydney last weekend. I promised I would keep my end of the bargain and found him good coffee; it was really good coffee.
It happened like this. Running short of time to get to Rick Spain’s school, I stopped at the first available parking spot outside a coffee shop in Chippendale. It was the best coffee we had ever tasted! Wow! I told John the trick is to make sure the barista has a 3 day stubble – these type of guys , perhaps a little feral, have time to go and do a barista course. We congratulated everyone in that shop by shaking their hands with John picking up a coffee bag to take home.
When I spoke to John, the next day, he said it was the worse coffee he had ever tasted and perhaps I was right about the 3 day stubble. The truth is it's not just the coffee, there are many considerations to take into account – the barista, coffee blend, grinder, coffee maker, how it is brewed etc.
What makes a good martial arts school is not based on one thing. Good martial arts instructors are really passionate about their martial arts and students, just as baristas are passionate about their coffee and customers. Another thing comes to mind; one person may teach a particular technique or theme exceptionally well over others because it is the little ingredients or qualities that make that person an expert in that area. Seminars put on by John Will and Richard Norton cannot be duplicated by others just like John could not duplicate that barista. I just don’t know about the 3 day stubble for martial arts instructors, though.