In response to Beyond Style 2 -- Who You Learned From, my good friend Jim Alexander (of Belleville, Illinois) wrote:
Very well said. It begs the question then (if perhaps you are a parent looking to get your child into martial training)...how do you know how to evaluate the teacher? Parents and students often look at "programs", size of schools, advertising, and other externals when looking to study a martial art.
I would simply add, look at the character of the teacher. Would you gladly have this person to your home or church? Would you consider this person in totality to be a role model for your child? In the old days a teacher was a venerated person in the community in most cases (perhaps Motobu in his early years might be an exception). I look forward to more on this subject.