January 19, 2020, Israel
I have a lot of respect for rock stars. As someone who travels quite a bit, different countries, different time zones, different climates, overnights in airports, I can appreciate how tiring it is. I also understand how difficult it is to be "on" all the time. People paid good money for tickets for your show and they expect and deserve a good show. No matter how tired you may feel, the show must go on!
I was also in the music business for a while and heard stories of "over night successes"; no such thing, every artist toiled for years in horrible clubs until being discovered and moving up. I met the guy who handled Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and many big name California starts, all worked very hard to reach their fame. They have my respect.
When I was younger, in a band, composing music, playing guitar, some referred to me as the Jewish Jimi Hendrix, but it was not to be. And yet now I have achieved that in the Krav Maga world and sometimes I hear people say...Sensei, you are a rock star.
But I am not.
I am a teacher, I am an educator, like my mother before me, like my late father, like my grandfather Rabbi Isaac Klein; I am a teacher, and there is no greater profession in the world.
We must remember that our task is a holy one, to teach, to protect, to prepare people to deal with the harsh reality of this world we live in. We are not entertainers. Sometimes I admit, I do feel like a big star, but then I remind myself, Moshe, you are a teacher, remain true to that.
There are "instructors" who think otherwise. Just this evening I was shocked as I heard of a very mediocre (at best) female instructor from Israel who charges upwards of $4,000 per seminar, first class flight seats, an entourage of at least 2 instructors, and five star hotels. To hear such things makes me livid.
Most of my "Krav time" is devoted to answering questions, developing techniques, improving teaching methods, and helping students and instructors grow. I am constantly being told I should run IKI a little more like a business, after all we all need to eat.
A word of advice, when you hear those kind of Rockstar demands, and fees, well, you are probably dealing with a show-man, or woman. If it is a rock show you want, or the Rocky Horror picture show, that is what you will get, but if you want a real teacher, keep looking.
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