Martial arts show of “Commanders Daughters”

Basement or garage learning places became obsolete and the more elaborate martial art training facilities replaced them, to become the way of attracting more students and earning higher prices for lessons. The original two to three hour classes several times a week at about $35.00 a month in the 1970s was reduced to an hour or less, so instructors could teach more classes and make a good living teaching the martial arts, sometimes enough to raise a family comfortably. But, with the changes, much of the purity and dedication of the martial arts was swept away as well. It was once considered a great honor to achieve black belt, which required several thousands of hours of hard training and lessons.