This post is a bit of a thought in progress. I've been pondering when you should turn away potential students from the dojo.
If a troublemaker shows up at the door, cocky and wanting to take the martial arts for the wrong reason, should you turn them away or try to work with them? Movies are littered with stories of troubled youth involved in gangs and in trouble with the law being taken in by a martial arts teacher who turns their life around.
From my experience, this dynamic only really exists in movie land.
It's tempting to consider letting them try and then taking them down a few notches, but would that only serve to embarrass and make the situation worse?
If you don't 'put them in their place' is that fair to the other students? The dojo should be a positive experience for all, yes?
Don't get me wrong, if a troubled youth wanted to turn their life around are were seeking the arts to help them become a better person, they would be welcome. It's the troubled ones who want to learn how to beat other people up that I'm talking about.
I'd love some thoughts on this topic.