For those of you who’ve been following me for some time, this will come as quite a shock. I have to tell you, it took me a long time to make piece with this decision, I did not make it lightly. Let me share the letter I gave to all our students:
Dear parents and students,
I have some very difficult news to share with you.
After much soul searching and agonising deliberation, I have decided to sell Zen-Do. I know this will come as a shock to most of you, but with all the new responsibilities that I now have since my father passed away, I cannot give Zen-Do the attention it deserves and needs. I barely have enough time to make it to the instructor training sessions. I feel I am constantly struggling to balance all my responsibilities, and if I don’t let one of them go, I’ll end up doing nothing properly.
This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life, and it took me a long time to decide. And it took a while to make peace with myself after I’ve made the decision, but I know it’s for the best. I’m sorry to let you all down.
I’m not even sure if another martial artist would be interested in buying the school, but if so, it would have to be someone I know will take good care of our students. If anyone is interested in purchasing Zen-Do please get in touch. The price will vary significantly on what is bought (just the location vs. the name, the systems, manual etc.)
If a suitable buyer for Zen-Do is not found, then Zen-Do will be closed. As far as timing is concerned, everything will stay as normal until Master Rafael comes for the Black Belt grading, tentatively slated for early March.
Of course anyone wishing to stop their membership they will be able to do so. Alternatively, their membership can be transferred to the DreamBody Centre .
There are obviously a lot of details that need to be sorted out over the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted on developments.
I want to offer my deepest apologies to everyone. For those who’ve been with us for a long time, I know how difficult this must be for you. Believe me this was not a decision I took lightly. When I told my children they cried and it took me a while to console them. But I’ve been thrust into a new role in my life with new responsibilities, and I have to give those responsibilities the attention they deserve. I never planned for this to happen. I thought Zen-Do would last for ever and that we’d take over the world. This was probably the most difficult decision I ever had to make.
I’d like to also apologise to the students who joined recently, I know how frustrating it must be to join a place and then find out it’s being sold or possibly even closed. As I said, I never planned for this.
We will now work on refund and DBC transfer procedures (for those interested), and we’ll announce this as soon as we have a mechanism in place. In the meantime, all students are welcome to continue training if they wish. Like I said, nothing will change until the March grading.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your understanding.
Sensei Suhail G. Algosaibi
To be honest I don’t have much else to say about it. I have thought long and hard about it, and I know this is the right thing to do.
Thanks for reading and talk to you soon.