As most of you already know, a couple of years ago, I have recently taken up Shotokan under a new instructor who also taught Jujutsu. He and most of the senior students have taken part in MMA fights and have made a name for themselves in the local MMA scene. I have initially been interested in the Shotokan training only, but because he taught it as part of our curriculum, I have also taken up ground grappling as part of his Jujutsu lessons. With my Aikido background, it was easier for me to understand the basic principles of the art and though I'm not as flexible or agile as I once was and usually get my butt handed to me by the younger athletic guys, I can explain the techniques better than most students which is why I'm the go to training partner for most new students. At our instructor's insistence, I along with my classmates have also participated in local grappling competitions representing his school for two years straight now to gain experience. But I have always considered my primary training under him to be in Shotokan Karate and not Jujitsu.
Unfortunately, our instructor has recently undergone a personal crisis which has greatly affected his family and his job(he teaches part time out of love for the art) and quite recently it has affected the school as well. So much so he decided to inform us he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from teaching until he resolves his deep personal problems and might only come in once in a while to check on us.
He left the school in the charge of our assistant instructor, someone we all respect and have no problems with, having been the pioneer MMA fighter in our city and put our school on the map nationally. But the problem is, though he is a 3rd Dan in TKD, he is not a Black belt in Shotokan. He himself took cognizance of this fact which is why he suggested the school focus on teaching Jujitsu and MMA classes only while our instructor is absent.
We the old students can of course continue our Shotokan training, we are just not accepting new students in Shotokan, only for Jujitsu and MMA classes. The next question is of course, how can we teach jujitsu without a certified instructor? Well our assistant instructor is a Blue Belt in BJJ under the Equipe Fabricio school and he suggested we get accredited by his head instructor who teaches in another city, all we need is to be tested under his BJJ instructor(after proper requisite training of course) who can visit us regularly, since the head instructor is already familiar with us and our skills through the tournaments we joined in the past. When I pointed out the problem of justifying this action to our Shotokan instructor, the assistant said our instructor has told him in the past that it was ok to cross train in another school and that this was the same thing, the other senior students all agreed. But I don't think they realize the consequences of this action, my beef with this move is that when we do get accredited, wouldn't there now technically be two head instructors in our school? While I have great respect for the BJJ instructor(I've met him a few times and know of his great reputation) my loyalty is still with my Shotokan instructor as it is his school we are carrying. Which also brings up the question of which school's name our representatives carry during future grappling tournaments from now on as well. I'd bring this up with my Shotokan instructor, but I don't want to bypass our assistant instructor either since it should be him who should talk to our instructor about this first. He still thinks there's no conflict of interest and I don't want to start any trouble between him and our instructor.
Oh by the way, the reason why I'm concerned for all this is because due to my mature age(and apparently alleged maturity ; P) I was elected president of the school's student association tasked with organizing events and tournament participation(e.g. Karate, Grappling, Kickboxing, Boxing and MMA tournaments, etc.).