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Martial Arts event fail due to hotel being uncool (a rant)

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today was supposed to be graduation for our martial arts school. In this sense, graduation is when everyone who has worked hard and earned their three stripes advance to the next color belt. Also, this was supposed to be when the newly minted black belts get their recognition. There’s demonstrations of the different styles taught, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, and Krav Maga. That is, this is what happens when a graduation is actually allowed to take place.

There are two schools, with at least 200 students. Add parents and spouses, and yes it gets crowded and hot, especially when demonstrations begin. For the past year, the McAllen Grand Plaza has been hosting the event in their main ballroom with no complaints. Two months ago the instructors at the school paid to use the ballroom today, and everyone gets there to find out the facility was in use by someone else. The proprietors of the hotel said that the city’s fire marshal had come by to shut down the event due to overcrowding. That could fly, I suppose, had the fire marshal not shown up not long after to refute that claim.

All I’m saying is, if you don’t want an event being held at your place, then fine. Be upfront about it. Don’t take the money and then on the day of the event shut it down. There were a lot of disappointed students and loved ones, including me and my husband.

Least I got my orange belt:

Orange Belt, yeah! 🙂


We’ll see where it’s held next quarter. Purple belt, here I come!

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